Woman Who Paid R Kelly's Bail Wants Her Money Back
|thenorthstar||Sep 21, 2019|
The woman who paid $100,000 of her own money to post bond for disgraced singer R.Kelly was denied her request to get her money back.
Kelly used Valencia Love’s money to post bond after he was arrested in February on charges of sexual assault and sexual abuse. Love was required to pay 10 percent of Kelly’s $1 million bond so he could be set free.
On September 13, Love’s attorney, John Collins, filed a motion asking the courts to return Love’s money. Collins told Cook County Judge Lawrence Flood on September 17 that when Love posted the money in February, she did not know that federal agents in New York and Chicago were investigating the R&B singer.
Collins argued that since Kelly is now being held without bond in the federal cases, it does not make sense that Love’s money is being withheld, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.
“There’s been a substantial change of circumstances,” Collins said at the court hearing, according to CBS Chicago. “In this instance, he’s held no bond, so the purposes of the bond are frustrated in Illinois.”
The judge denied Love’s request, claiming it had no legal basis, noting that Love signed a bond slip acknowledging that she could lose her money even if Kelly met the conditions of his bond. Love could eventually get her money back at the end of Kelly’s criminal case in Cook County; a process which could take years.
“She’s worried she’s in jeopardy of losing that money,” Collins said of his client. The attorney said Love was also concerned that a judge could order the money to be used to pay for Kelly’s attorney fees at the end of the case.
However, Love later told the Chicago Sun-Times that she actually wants to give the money right back to Kelly. Love claimed that the singer reimbursed her the $100,000 just three days after he posted bond.
“He wasn’t able to get to his money because it was the weekend and he was the only one who had access to his account. It was basically a loan,” Love told the newspaper. Love wants her money back so she can then give it to Kelly’s team to cover legal costs and any other expenses.
“Why is it such a big deal? He’s already locked up,” she argued. “Why can’t the bail money be returned?”
Love did not give the Chicago Sun-Times details about her relationship to Kelly, though she defended him profusely, and questioned why she was being criticized for doing a “favor for a friend.”
In court, Collins claimed that Love also assisted Kelly by paying the nearly $50,000 he owed in child support after he was briefly jailed in March for the debt. Love refuted that claim in her interview with the Chicago Sun-Times.
The judge also denied Cook County prosecutors’ request that Kelly’s original bond be increased. Flood noted that the singer is already being held without bail on the federal charges in Chicago and New York.
“It’s kind of a moot point,” Flood said, according to CBS Chicago. “If there’s a change in circumstances, and he is somehow released from custody, and you want to bring it back before me, I’ll take a look at it at that time.”
Kelly was taken into custody by Cook County in February on charges that he sexually abused four victims, three of them underaged, over a span of 12 years, according to The Chicago Tribune. The 52-year-old pleaded not guilty on 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse and posted the $100,000 bond with Love’s money.
The next hearing in his Cook County case is scheduled for December 4, but Kelly is not required to be at the hearing, CBS Chicago reported.
In July, Kelly was arrested in connection with two separate federal cases in Chicago and New York. In Chicago, Kelly was charged with 13 felony counts of child pornography, enticement of a minor to engage in criminal sexual activity, and obstruction of justice. Kelly is scheduled to go on trial for his federal sex crime charges in Chicago in April 2020.
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Nicole Rojas is a breaking news writer for The North Star. She has published in various publications, including Newsweek, GlobalPost, IHS Jane’s Defence Weekly, and the Long Island Post. Nicole graduated from Boston University in 2012 with a degree in print journalism. She is an avid world traveler who recently explored Asia and Australia.