Dubai denies claims that R. Kelly was scheduled to perform or meet with the royal family

The statement was made after the singer’s lawyers filed court documents saying Kelly was requesting permission to travel for 3-5 upcoming shows in Dubai.

March 24, 2019
Dubai denies claims that R. Kelly was scheduled to perform or meet with the royal family Singer R. Kelly appears in court with his attorney Steve Greenberg (L) for a hearing to request that he be allowed to travel to Dubai at the Leighton Criminal Court Building on March 22, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. R. Kelly appeared before a judge to request permission to travel to Dubai to perform in concerts.   E. Jason Wambsgans-Pool/Getty Images

Dubai's government is denying R. Kelly had plans to perform or meet the royal family after the singer’s lawyers filed court documents seeking permission for the singer to travel. According to the AP, Kelly's lawyers said he'd signed a contract to perform 3-5 concerts. R. Kelly has been charged with 10 counts of sexual assault against three girls and one woman. He has surrendered his passport.

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Following what the Associated Press referred to as a "rare statement" from Dubai officials, Kelly's lawyers sent AP the following statement: “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.”

Dubai denies claims that R. Kelly was scheduled to perform or meet with the royal family