After struggling to get work in the U.S. due to his February arrest on sex-abuse charges, R. Kelly’s attorney, Steven Greenberg, is set to file a motion on Friday to request that the singer can fly via private jet to Dubai next month to perform at a set of previously scheduled concerts, according to ABC News.
He faces 10 counts of criminal sexual abuse for allegedly abusing four young women, three of whom were underage at the time. Kelly pleaded not guilty to all the charges in a hearing in February. Due to these charges, a judge ordered the singer to surrender his passport since he cannot legally leave the country.
R. Kelly "cannot work, and consequently cannot make a living if he is confined to Illinois, or even the United States," according to a court document asking permission for him to travel overseas. "Mr. Kelly needs to generate income." https://t.co/2BNLIqRL0s
— AP Central U.S. (@APCentralRegion) March 20, 2019
The concerts which were previously booked are scheduled between April 17 and April 19 with three to five shows. Two concerts which were previously scheduled in Germany have been canceled. “If you can’t play a show. If you can’t go out on tour, they’re not streaming your music anymore obviously you’re going to have financial problems,” Greenberg said.
Kelly is struggling to pay child support, legal fees, and other bills, Greenberg said and blames the cancellation of Illinois concerts and a record-company contract, and streaming services removing his songs. He was also arrested last month for non-payment of more than $160,000 in child support. He was bailed out on both arrests by unnamed fans after spending three days in jail.
— NBC Chicago (@nbcchicago) March 20, 2019
He can't get any work in Illinois or even the U.S., the filing states, and he owes a lot of money to a lot of people (back child support, back rent on his studio, legal fees).
— Megan Crepeau (@crepeau) March 20, 2019
Motion also says that "While there (Kelly) is supposed to meet with the Royal Family." Dubai is the largest city in the United Arab Emirates, a federation of several smaller kingdoms, each ruled by a different royal house.
— Andy Grimm (@agrimm34) March 20, 2019
Don't take that chance
— Claymore K (@ClaymoreKwaram1) March 21, 2019