RadioOnFire.com – Despite R. Kelly’s recent request to have his travel ban lifted to fulfill contractual agreements in Dubai, that claim is now being forcefully denied by Dubai’s government, who over the weekend adamantly stated that no such agreement exists. In a rare statement provided by the government’s Dubai Media Office, they stated 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,” while adding that any invitation from the royal family had been fabricated as well. Meanwhile, Kelly’s lawyer Steven A. Greenberg wrote an email in response to the government’s statement, maintaining that his client does indeed have business in the United Arab Emirates next month. “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,” said Greenberg, while adding that “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.” Therefore, based on these new developments it appears unlikely that the judge will grant Kelly the approval to leave the country, keeping in mind that the UAE in particular does not have an extradition treaty with the United States.
R. Kelly’s legal team has recently filed a motion to lift his travel restrictions as he awaits trial, noting that the singer is contractually obligated to perform between 3-5 shows in the United Arab Emirates between April 17 – 19. The filing indicates that Kelly agreed to the deal before he was arrested, so he therefore feels he should be allowed to satisfy his professional obligations to support himself and his family. Additionally, Kelly insists that he’s not a flight risk, emphasizing that he didn’t take off when he knew he was being investigated. With that said, he explains that he needs to generate income as his music’s been pulled from streaming services and his U.S. concerts have been canceled, thus traveling to Dubai will help him earn money to “pay for his day to day living expenses.” Meanwhile, interestingly enough, Kelly is also claiming to have a meeting set up with the royal family, though there were no other details provided about such an arrangement. Furthermore, the filing also doesn’t specify where Kelly is supposed to perform. All the same, while Kelly is promising to return immediately after fulfilling his obligations, people involved in the ongoing investigation are reportedly worried that he’ll flee if allowed to leave the country, as celebrities and even world leaders have previously chosen Dubai as a safe haven.