R. Kelly Asks Judge to Let Him Travel to Dubai to Perform - NBC Chicago

R. Kelly Asks Judge to Let Him Travel to Dubai to Perform

A defense filing Wednesday in Chicago says Kelly would do three to five concerts in Dubai.

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    R. Kelly Asks Judge to Let Him Travel to Dubai to Perform
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    R&B singer R. Kelly leaves the Cook County jail after posting $100 thousand bond on February 25, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. Kelly was being held after turning himself in to face ten counts of aggravated sexual abuse.

    Cash-strapped R&B singer R. Kelly wants a judge to let him travel to the Middle East to perform several concerts, saying he has struggled to get work in the U.S. since his February arrest on sex-abuse charges.

    A defense filing Wednesday in Chicago says Kelly would do three to five concerts in Dubai. It doesn't specify which venues he'd play or how much he'd earn.

    It says Kelly has struggled to pay child support, legal fees and other bills. It blames the cancellation of Illinois concerts and a record-company contract, and streaming services removing his songs.

    As a bond condition in his sexual abuse case, Kelly must stay in Illinois unless a judge approves out-of-state travel.

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    The filing asserts that Kelly isn't a flight risk, saying the United Arab Emirates would never jeopardize its U.S. relationship by harboring a fugitive Kelly.

    His next court date is Friday.

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