Just a few week ago, R. Kelly he was scheduled to travel to Dubai for performances and to meet members of Dubai’s ruling family. He asked the judge for permission to travel and now he has withdrew that request.
The Associated Press reports, “Attorney Steve Greenberg on Monday withdrew his request for Kelly to travel, days after he asked the judge to hold off on his request for Kelly to be allowed to fly to Dubai for several concerts there After Monday’s hearing, Greenberg said there was a possibility that Kelly could return to court with another request to travel but that he would leave that to Kelly’s entertainment lawyer.”
That said, the powers that be in Dubai denied there was a performance scheduled or that he would meet the royal family.
“Authorities in Dubai have not received any request for a performance by singer R. Kelly nor are there any venues that have been booked,” a statement from the Dubai government said, according to the Washington Post.
The statement added that Kelly “has not been invited by the Dubai royal family for a performance.”
Since the U.S. does not have an extradition treaty with the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Kelly’s request to travel raised lots of concerns.
The family of Joycelyn Savage feared that he would take her with him and never return. Savage, 23, is one of Kelly’s girlfriends who has been estranged from her family for several years. Kelly is 52 years old.
Steven A. Greenberg, Kelly’s attorney, said in a recent court filing that the singer needs money because “he has struggled of late to pay his child support and other child-related expenses.”
Kelly was charged on Feb. 22 with 10 counts of aggravated sexual abuse for allegedly assaulting three underage girls and one adult woman. The charges came after the release of the “Surviving R. Kelly.”
The latest sex crime charges he is facing stem from attorney Michael Avenatti giving purported child porn videos to prosecutors that featured the singer. Avenatti said he was hired last April in connection to multiple allegations of Kelly sexually assaulting minors. He claimed to have videotaped evidence, which, despite their similarities, were apparently not the same video footage that got Kelly indicted in 2002 — and acquitted in 2008 — for child porn.