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Dubai Government Says R. Kelly Has ‘Not Been Invited by Royal Family for a Performance’

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DETROIT, MI – FEBRUARY 21: R. Kelly performs at Little Caesars Arena on February 21, 2018 in Detroit, Michigan at Little Caesars Arena on February 21, 2018 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Scott Legato/Getty Images)

*The Dubai government issued a statement Sunday denying reports that embattled singer R. Kelly had booked concerts in the United Arab Emirates city, as his legal team claimed.

“Authorities in Dubai have not received any request for a performance by singer R. Kelly nor are there any venues that have been booked,” the government’s Dubai Media Office said, adding that Kelly “has not been invited by the Dubai royal family for a performance.”

According to Rolling Stone, the statement from the Dubai Media Office comes days after Kelly’s lawyers filed a motion seeking permission for the R&B star to travel to Dubai to perform concerts, the Associated Press reports. As part of Kelly’s $1 million bail agreement, he turned over his passport.

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“Mr. Kelly has a job that requires he be allowed to travel,” the filing said. “He cannot work, and consequently cannot making a living if he is confined to Illinois, or even the United States.”

Following the statement from Dubai’s government, Kelly’s lawyer Steve Greenberg clarified the specifics of the motion.

“R. Kelly has a contract with a legitimate promoter. Any information included in his motion to travel was from that contract. A copy was provided to the prosecutor,” Greenberg said in a statement to Rolling Stone.

“The contract requires that he make himself available to meet with the Royal Family, and was for performances in Dubai. It also require that he received permission to travel. Since he does not, as of yet, have permission to travel it is understandable why no one have invested in the promotion, booked venues or publicized any shows.”

Lawyer Michael Avenatti had this to say after the Dubai government’s statement, “I cannot wait to see what R. Kelly’s explanation is for the outright lies to the court, the media and the public. Every indication is that he fabricated the concerts in Dubai and the meeting with the Royal family in an attempt to flee the country.”

Greenberg dismissed speculation that Kelly was using the Dubai trip to avoid his upcoming trial for 10 charges of sexual abuse.

“The idea that R. Kelly would ask for permission to travel in order to flee is nonsensical,” Greenberg said.

 

Ny MaGee
Ny MaGee is an entertainment reporter with over 15 years of experience working in the film industry in areas including production and post-production, marketing, distribution, and acquisitions. She has worked for legendary film producer Roger Corman, Quentin Tarantino's production team at Miramax, the late Larry Flynt, MTV/ VH1, Hallmark Channel, Paramount, Jim Henson Co., Parade Magazine, and various LA-based companies representing above-the-line talent.

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