The Dubai government has issued a rare statement denying that R. Kelly was to make up to five appearances in its country.
It was first suggested that the shows were to help cover the mounting legal costs, along with child support, the singer is facing in relation to the 10 sex abuse charges.
A motion filed in Cook County Circuit Court details how R. Kelly is struggling to find work in the United States, as shows are cancelled and royalties lost from streaming platforms. The five shows in Dubai are thought to have been planned before his arrest.
Just this past Friday, R. Kelly was back in court where his attorney asked that the “Ignition” singer be permitted to leave the U.S to perform.
“Before he was arrested (in February), Mr. Kelly had signed a contract to perform between three to five shows in Dubai, UAE (United Arab Emirates), in April 2019,” the original motion by Kelly’s attorney read.
The judge set Kelly’s next hearing for May 7, after the dates set for the performances.
The Dubai government is fighting those claims, stating, “Authorities in Dubai have not received any request for a performance by singer R Kelly nor are there any venues that have been booked.”
It also adds that the artist “has not been invited by the Dubai royal family for a performance.”