The woman who posted bail for suspected pedophile and child pornographer R. Kelly gave a statement to Fox 32 News saying that she believes for now that Kelly is innocent, but that she doesn’t necessarily believe his accusers are lying.
Fox 32 News reporter Tia Ewing shared her notes with Love in a Twitter post, explaining that she had spoken to the Chicago woman and friend of R. Kelly’s for 14 minutes by phone on Tuesday. As CrimeOnline previously reported, Love, who is believed to own a restaurant and a daycare facility in Chicago, confirmed earlier Tuesday that she posted $100,000 to release R. Kelly from custody. He was being held on a $1 million deposit bond after his arrest last week on 10 counts of criminal sexual abuse, involving four alleged victims, three of them underage.
In an earlier interview with ABC News, Love said that $100,000 she posted on Monday was Kelly’s “own money.” But in her conversation with Ewing, she appeared to have backpedaled from that claim a bit.
“I’m not going to say it was my money or his money and he’s not broke,” Love reportedly said of Kelly.
“He was going to post bond by Thursday anyway. He’s my friend and I knew he needed help.”
#RKelly’s friend that bailed him out breaks her silence. I spoke with Valencia P. Love for 14 minutes. She says the singer isn’t broke and she didn’t use her $100,000 for Kelly to bounce from the county. Here are notes from our conversation by phone. @fox32news pic.twitter.com/CvTblkyT2j
— Tia A. Ewing (@TIA_EWING) February 26, 2019
“It wasn’t my money, I’m not going to say whose money it was,” Love said.
“Let him have his chance in court to prove if he’s innocent or guilty,” she said of Kelly. “As a friend if he says he’s innocent, I can only believe he’s innocent.”
Still, Love insisted that she does not condone the types of acts Kelly is accused of committing.
“I don’t condone any man sodomizing anyone or abusing a woman … I can’t say [the accusers] are lying.”
“Give him the chance and allow him to prove his innocence,” Love said.
Shortly after posting bail, Kelly went with an entourage to a McDonald’s where he has been accused in the past of picking up underage girls. In 2002, he settled a lawsuit with a woman who said Kelly got her pregnant and pressured her to have an abortion after they met at the McDonald’s on the girl’s prom night.
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