Dubai’s government has denied claims that American singer R. Kelly was scheduled to perform in the emirate in April.
In a statement, the Dubai Media Office said that “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 added that Kelly “has not been invited by the Dubai royal family for a performance.”
Last week, Kelly’s lawyer, Steve Greenberg, filed a court motion seeking for permission to be granted for him to travel to Dubai on a private jet to perform.
According to ABC News, the motion referenced three to five shows between April 17 and 19.
Later in the week, Greenberg asked the court to hold off on the filing, although he didn’t elaborate why. He did, however, express optimism that he would be allowed to perform in Dubai in the future.
“I think the judge would be in a better position to rule in our favour if we had a little more detail in the motion,” the Chicago Tribune quoted Greenberg as saying. “There’s still a chance he could go to Dubai.”
Following the Dubai government’s denial, Greenberg took to Twitter to say that 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,” he said. “The contract requires that he make himself available to meet with the royal family and was for performances in Dubai.”
#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.
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