Valencia Love, the woman who paid R. Kelly‘s $100,000 bond for R. Kelly following his 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse, says she wants her money back.
The 47-year old business owner who had once described herself as “friend” to R. Kelly, filed a four-page motion through her lawyer asking for her money to be returned to her.
Love paid “four instalments of $25,000 in order to have him released from Cook County State jail just two nights after he turned himself in, Standard.co.uk reports.
Valencia Love, a business owner in Chicago and paid bond in February for Kelly’s temporary release and revealed that she intended to use any refunded money to support Kelly’s team with expenses.
Given Kelly was arrested on federal charges without bond a few months after she had paid for his release, Collins argued that her bond payment was made redundant and should be returned to her – especially as she didn’t know about additional investigations.
Love said she was “in jeopardy of losing that money”, and scared that her money may be used to pay for Kelly’s attorney fees at the end of the singer’s case.
However, Cook County Judge, Lawrence Flood, rejected the appeal and claimed via Chicago Sun Tribune that “there was no legal basis for it”.
R. Kelly is facing a number of charges of sexual assault, minor abuse, racketeering, obstruction of justice and child pornography, both on a state and federal basis. He has denied all charges against him, most notably in an interview with Gayle King on CBSN where he screamed into a camera and began beating his chest.
WuzupNaija notes that Love faced intense criticisms and backlash after posting bond for Kelly in February. She owns a number of restaurants in Chicago, as well as a Christian daycare centre in the area, Standard.co.uk reports.