• R. Kelly’s woman friend who paid his $100,000 bond wants her money back

    R. Kelly appeared in a Chicago Courtroom on Tuesday where the judge refused to raise the bond for his criminal matter after taking into account the federal indictments against him. Incidentally, Kelly’s friend, a woman named Valencia Love, who posted a $100,000 bond for the singer’s release last February, is now requesting to get her money back. The judge ruled that she won’t get her money back any time soon.

    The 52-year-old performer has been indicted on 18 counts of aggravated criminal sex abuse in multiple states of Illinois, Minnesota and New York. The singer appeared in court wearing an orange jumpsuit along with armed bodyguards after an arrest warrant was issued in his name when he failed to turn up to court in Minnesota. There he is accused of offering $200 to a 17-year-old girl to take off her clothes and dance, back in 2001.

    The singer is currently locked up at a prison in Chicago, facing charges that include child porn and obstruction of justice. The Minnesota District Attorney’s Office mentioned that federal authorities are ‘unwilling to give them access’ to the star until his federal case has been resolved. Kelly’s lawyer hit out sarcastically by saying, “They never came to get him, wtf was he supposed to do, telepathically transport himself?”

    When the state prosecutors asked Judge Lawrence Flood to raise the bond in light of the federal charges against the singer, the judge ruled that Kelly’s $1 million bond would stay in place unless there is a “change in circumstances.”

    Valencia Love who owns several restaurants apart from a childcare centre, paid four installments of $25,000 in order to have him released from Cook County State jail. Her lawyer stated that she did not know at the time of payment that Kelly would be charged federally and will end up in a federal jail. The judge denied the motion saying that she signed the bond slip which made it clear that she could lose all her money.

    Love had earlier refused to divulge the source of the money and stated that “He’s my friend and I knew he needed help.” She justified her action stating that “Let him have his chance in court to prove if he’s innocent or guilty. As a friend if he says he’s innocent, I can only believe that he is innocent.”

    Since the news of her involvement with the issue got out, she has faced severe criticism online and her restaurants were bombed with poor reviews. Despite facing such adversities, her diner Love on the Blu located near Chicago continues to remain open.

    Apart from charges of sexual misconduct, Kelly, whose full name is Robert Sylvester Kelly,  is also facing five federal charges involving kidnapping and racketeering. He has denied all the allegations which if proven can land him in jail for up to 30 years.

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