Disgraced singer R. Kelly walked out of jail Monday night as if he wasn’t facing 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse. At least, that’s what it seemed like based on the first place he went after he was released on bond: a McDonald’s restaurant where he allegedly likes to go to pick up underage girls.
The visit very well could constitute a violation of the terms of his bail.
Kelly, 52, drove straight to the flagship McDonald’s in Chicago’s River North — also known as the Rock ‘n’ Roll McDonald’s — waited in line and sat down for his meal, CBS News Chicago reported.
That may turn out to have been a bad decision.
Among the conditions of his release from jail, the judge ordered Kelly not to have contact with females under 18. McDonald’s is, of course, in many places a haven for teenagers. The sex crime allegations against the R&B singer involve at least three underage victims between 1998 and 2010. His reputation for being a child sex predator all but precedes him.
Patrice Jones, one of Kelly’s many accusers, sued the singer in 2002, years after he allegedly picked her up as a teenager at the Chicago Rock ‘n’ Roll McDonald’s in 1998. She claimed Kelly got her pregnant when she was underage and that he arranged for her to get an abortion, according to Jim DeRogatis, the Chicago journalist who has been reporting on Kelly’s sex allegations for decades.
But the circumstantial evidence doesn’t end there.
One of Kelly’s former studio engineers appeared in BBC’s documentary “R Kelly: Sex, Girls and Videotapes” last year and recalled that Kelly would specifically visit McDonald’s to pick up girls and bring them back to the studio. “Going to McDonald’s to pick up chicks. That’s what a 17-year-old does,” James Lee said.
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Many people were shocked that Kelly managed to bail himself out of jail after his lawyer told a judge on Saturday that his client was broke. The mystery over how he gathered the funds to post $100,000 bail persisted even after the Chicago Tribune, citing court documents, reported that a “friend” of Kelly’s paid it for him.
“He was unable to come up with the money over the weekend, but court records indicate that on Monday a 47-year-old suburban Romeoville woman posted the bond for Kelly, identifying herself on the bond slip as ‘a friend’ of the singer’s,” the news outlet wrote.
Prior to the timely appearance of Kelly’s “friend,” the singer’s lawyer insisted that his client had no money.
“This is someone who should be wealthy,” defense attorney Steve Greenberg said Saturday, pointing to bad contracts and mismanagement of money as part of the reasons that Kelly’s pockets are supposedly empty.