The ‘friend’ who posted bail to release R. Kelly from custody on Monday has identified herself — and claims she didn’t use her own money to pay the $100,000 bail.
ABC News reportedly obtained the bond slips identifying the friend as Valencia Love, who later confirmed to the news outlet that she did in fact post Kelly’s bond.
“It was his own money. I just posted bail for him,” Love said, describing Kelly as a “good friend.”
Kelly was arrested last week and charged with 10 counts of criminal sexual abuse, involving four alleged victims. Three of the four women were underage at the time of the allegations.
The R&B star spent the weekend in jail as he did not immediately have 10% of the $1 million bond available, his lawyer told reporters, adding that Kelly’s finances were “a mess.” Kelly was released on Monday after Love posted the $100,000.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, Kelly went with an entourage to a McDonald’s restaurant in the Chicago area where he had previously been rumored to pick up underage girls, including a woman who sued him in 2002 accusing him of impregnating her when she was a teenager after she met him at the McDonald’s on her high school prom night.
A reporter for Block Club Chicago said on Twitter that Love owns a Chicago restaurant called Love on the Blu.
Valencia Love owns Love on the Blu, mentioned here:
Ex-Batter & Berries Chef Returns to Lincoln Park to Run a Neighborhood Icon – Eater Chicago https://t.co/Ay4AW2vfYA
— Jamie Nesbitt Golden (@thewayoftheid) February 26, 2019
The Daily Mail reports that Love also owns a day care in Chicago called Lord and Child Christian Day Care. Commenters on what appears to be the daycare center’s unofficial Facebook page have posted comments warning parents about leaving their children with Love.
CrimeOnline has attempted to contact Love for an interview but did not receive an immediate response.
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