The saga surrounding the R. Kelly case has pivoted toward something unexpected—with potentially more young, innocent lives being threatened.
The latest round of reports regarding the accused entertainer suggests that even while he’s out on bail, associating with him may be a liability—and the levels of fucked-up this entire thing has spiraled into are ... astronomical.
On Feb. 25, Kelly’s bail was reportedly posted by fan, “friend” and restaurant owner, Valencia P. Love, according to the Chicago Sun Times. In addition to her restaurant, Love On The Blu, news also surfaced reporting Love is affiliated with Lord and Child Day Care in Chicago. Though she recently denied that the $100,000 posted on Kelly’s behalf was her own money, Love wouldn’t divulge the source of the funds beyond that.
On Saturday, Love’s support of Kelly became extra messy when the aforementioned daycare reported multiple calls of a bomb threat. Reporter Brad Edwards of CBS affiliate WBBM first reported on the story on Sunday.
According to TMZ, the Chicago Police Department confirmed an explosive device was not found at the center and no one was injured. The reported threat is currently under investigation, with no suspects in custody.
There’s also no report of a motive, so at this point, we don’t know if the threats were made by someone pro- or anti- R. Kelly.
But considering potential motives, when I initially heard news of a possible link between Love and a daycare, my main concern was Child Protective Services immediately investigating Love (and the daycare), since she apparently made a point to bail out an alleged child sex offender. Guess what I didn’t think about? Sending a bomb threat to a daycare filled with kids. That accomplishes ... what, exactly? If your motive is the protection of kids, and yet, your actions are essentially harming kids, how does that work?
Anyway, Love is no longer even employed at the daycare, according to the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services. WGN affiliate CLTV reported Love was listed as a “registered agent” as of Feb. 28 with the Illinois Secretary of State, and is listed as a secretary on the daycare’s board.