R. Kelly was bailed out of jail by his “friend,” Valencia Love on Monday. The 47-year-old, who is a corporate officer for a child care center and a manager of a restaurant, both in Chicago, has come under fire after paying the $100,000 bond. There have been calls for a boycott of the restaurant — Love on the Blu — and many were questioning how a woman who works with children could bring herself to bail out an accused pedophile.
Love on the Blu was promptly ripped with negative reviews on Yelp, a social networking site that lets users post reviews and rate businesses. “It sucks,” one commentator wrote about the restaurant. “But what sucks EVEN more is that the owner a WOMAN is SUPPORTING a CHILD MOLESTER. Let this place it’s bad food and morally poor owner go out of business.”
Another said, “It really will be our own. The fact that this BLACK WOMAN could bail out a rapist and an abuser is despicable. You own a children’s day care. You should be ashamed of yourself. He’s spent millions of dollars settling cases out of court. And you still think he’s innocent?! Every day you walk into your daycare I hope you realize you have failed those children”
The Yelp page says at the top, “This business is being monitored by Yelp’s Support team for content related to media reports.”
There were also calls for a boycott:
In an interview on Tuesday with Chicago reporter Tia Ewing, Love defended herself by claiming she didn’t condone abuse and insisted the Grammy Award-winning singer needed a chance to “prove his innocence.”
“He’s not a monster, he’s not,” she said before adding, “He’s been nothing but a gentleman to me.” She also inferred that Kelly was innocent, saying in part that “There are three sides to every story, his side, there’s [sic] (the alleged victims, and the truth.
Read Love’s comments below.
There may still be more trouble for Kelly. After his release from jail on Monday, Kelly, 52, drove straight to the flagship McDonald’s in Chicago’s River North, also known as the Rock ‘n’ Roll McDonald’s. It was the same location where he allegedly met a teenager who he got pregnant before arranging for an abortion, according to Jim DeRogatis, the Chicago journalist who has been reporting on Kelly’s sex allegations for decades.
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.
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 same 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.
Prison time might be sooner than later for Kelly.