Dubai Denies There Were R. Kelly Concerts Planned In United Arab Emirates
The singer’s legal team had previously said he had scheduled concerts in Dubai before his arrest last month.
According to a report from Variety, a local newspaper called The National included statements made to the Associated Press by the Dubai Media Office denying that Kelly had been booked for any venues in Dubai. The Dubai Media Office also dismissed the notion that Kelly would meet with the royal Al Maktoum family, offering in their statement to the AP that the singer “has not been invited by the Dubai royal family for a performance.”
Steven A. Greenberg, Kelly’s lawyer, offered the following response to the AP.
“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.”
However, Variety notes that in The National‘s report, Kelly’s alleged concerts hadn’t been promoted online but Dubai’s more elite clubs are known to host private events and parties that often book big performers.
Kelly is barred from leaving Illinois as a result of his release on $1 million bond and has also surrendered his passport. He is currently awaiting trial on 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse. According to his lawyers, the singer had signed a contract before his arrest last month to perform three to five shows in Dubai scheduled between April 17 and April 19.