R. Kelly's Bail Reportedly Paid by Woman Described in Court Documents as 'Friend'

Kelly ultimately pleaded not guilty to sexual abuse charges.

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R. Kelly's $100,000 bail was paid over the weekend by a woman identified in court documents as a "friend" of the disgraced singer.

Per an update on the Kelly case in Illinois via the Chicago Tribune, Kelly's fee—10 percent of his $1 million bond on sexual abuse charges—was paid by a woman who reportedly identified her self as a "friend" on the accompanying bond slip. Despite her attempts at discretion, it was revealed that this "friend" is actually a 47-year-old woman from Romeoville, Il. named Valencia Love. It is unsure how Love and Kelly are acquainted, but what is known is that she owns several businesses including restaurants as well as the Lord and Child Christian Day Care. This contradiction of an accused child rapist being bonded out by a childcare worker is just another bizarre antic that goes hand-in-hand with some people's infatuation with Robert Kelly.


Kelly ultimately pleaded not guilty to the 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse. The Surviving R. Kelly subject is accused in this case of sexually abusing four people, three of whom who were allegedly underage, dating back to 1998.

Following his release Monday from Cook County authorities' custody, Kelly was spotted at a McDonald's in Chicago where he's said to have signed autographs. As noted by The Blast Tuesday, this particular McDonald's is the same one at the center of a 2002 lawsuit in which Kelly was alleged to have met a girl on her prom night circa 1998 at the fast food restaurant. Kelly, per the suit, later allegedly forced the girl to get an abortion. The case was ultimately settled out of court.

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Also on Tuesday, news hit that an upcoming Kelly show in Germany had been canned in the wake of the continued Surviving R. Kelly fallout. Citing "new and objective facts," reps for the Ratiopharm Arena in Neu-Ulm announced the cancelation of its contract with Kelly for a previously scheduled concert in April. Refund info is available here.

In a separate prospective case last week, two women came forward for the first time with their own sexual misconduct allegations against Kelly. "At the time I thought meeting a celebrity would make me be happy but in this case it didn't," said Rochelle Washington, who spoke at a press conference with attorney Gloria Allred and the other alleged victim Latresa Scaff. "I just wanted to have fun . . . I could never forget that day. I can't get it out of my mind, what I saw and what happened."

Kelly is also alleged to be seen in recently revealed footage engaging in sexual acts with an underage girl. This week, according to attorney Michael Avenatti, a second alleged Kelly video was handed over to prosecutors.

I can confirm that we will be providing a second video showing R. Kelly engaged in sexual assault of a minor to prosecutors this morning. This tape was recently uncovered in connection with our ongoing nationwide investigation on behalf of victims. Justice must be done.

— Michael Avenatti (@MichaelAvenatti) February 25, 2019

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