R. Kelly Had Dubai Plans, but Dubai Government Officials Never Got the Memo

Singer R. Kelly (C) arrives for his court date at the Leighton Courthouse on March 22, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. R. Kelly appeared before a judge to request permission to travel to Dubai to perform in several concerts.
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Robert “R.” Kelly wanted to go to Dubai to meet the royal family and perform a concert, so that he could make funds to pay his outstanding child support fees. He wished, he wished, he wished.


However, his itinerary hasn’t been corroborated with Dubai government officials at all.

“Authorities in Dubai have not received any request for a performance by singer R. Kelly nor are there any venues that have been booked,” read a statement from the Dubai Government Media Office, via the Associated Press.


The statement also added that the R&B singer “has not been invited by the Dubai royal family for a performance.”

Kelly appeared in court Friday to request Judge Lawrence Flood’s permission in order to leave the state of Illinois and travel to Dubai. The 52-year-old faces 10 counts of aggravated sexual abuse in relation to three underaged girls and one adult woman.


Kelly’s attorney Steven A. Greenberg also made a statement on behalf of his client noting, “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 provide that he would make himself available to meet with them.”

Staff Writer, Entertainment at The Root. Sugar, spice & everything rice. Equipped with the uncanny ability to make a Disney reference and a double entendre in the same sentence.

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