A woman who met R. Kelly on a cruise five months ago posted his $100,000 bond last week to help spring the singer from jail on charges that he sexually abused underage girls, local reports said.
Valencia Love was already a fan of the R&B star when she ran into him aboard a Spirit of Chicago cruise on Lake Michigan in September, said Don Russell, a Kelly friend and adviser.
“She wanted [R. Kelly] to have a chance at justice, and she thought he’d have a better chance outside of jail than inside,” Russell told The Chicago Sun-Times.
When she heard that R. Kelly, whose real name is Robert Kelly, wasn’t able to make bail, she called members of his inner circle asking if she could help, Russell said.
Love, 47, was with Kelly’s entourage when he got out of Cook County Jail Monday after three nights in lockup.
The day care worker and owner of a bar and grill in suburban Blue Island, Illinois, posted $25,000 for each of the four cases to bail Kelly out.
She came in to about $1.1 million in 2017 — a settlement from a wrongful death suit filed against the former children’s Medical Hospital in Chicago. Her daughter died in 2010 during heart surgery at the facility.
Kelly, 52, is facing felony aggravated sex abuse charges for allegedly assaulting four victims, three of whom were underage. He entered a not guilty plea on Monday.
A woman who called the paper and identified herself as Love didn’t want to say how she met the singer but admitted to paying the bond.
But in an interview with ABC Chicago, Love claimed: “It was his own money.”
“I just posted bail for him. As a friend if he says he’s innocent, I can only believe that he is innocent,” she added in a statement.
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