"Royal family has not invited R Kelly to Dubai" — officials
Dubai Media Office has denied reports that embattled singer R Kelly had been invited to play in the emirate. AP reports that they issued a rare statement denying claims made by his lawyer in court that Kelly had plans to meet the ruling Al Maktoum 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,” the statement says, adding that Kelly “has not been invited by the Dubai royal family for a performance.”
In a reply to the Associated Press, Kelly’s lawyer Steven A Greenberg said: “Mr Kelly had a signed contract with a legitimate promoter, and any information that was included in the motion to travel was from that contract.
“We did not say he was invited by the royal family, but the contract did say that he would make himself available to meet with them."
#RKelly 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. The contract requires that he make himself available to meet with the Royal Family, and was for performances in Dubai— Steve Greenberg (@SGcrimlaw) March 24, 2019
Kelly is currently facing 10 counts of aggravated assault and sexual abuse for allegedly assaulting three young girls and an adult. He has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing.
He is banned from travelling outside state borders without permission, but last week ABC News reported he was set to seek court approval to fly by private jet to Dubai in order to play a series of shows between April 17 and 19.
“Before he was arrested Mr. Kelly had signed a contract to perform between 3-5 shows in Dubai, UAE, in April 2019,” the court filing read. “He requests permission to travel to Dubai for the shows. While there he is supposed to meet with the royal family.”