The mystery businesswoman who posted $100,000 to bail R. Kelly out of jail after he was arrested on a slew of state sex crime charges now wants her money back, the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
As previously reported, Robert Sylvester Kelly, 52, has been charged with 10 counts of aggravated sex abuse on the state level. He spent three nights in a Cook County Jail in Chicago before restaurateur Valencia Love put up the requisite bail. According to the newspaper, Love met Kelly on a boat cruise on Lake Michigan off the shores of Chicago.
Now that Kelly has been indicted on a score of federal charges and won’t get out for the foreseeable future, if ever, Love sought out a judge to get her money back.
Judge now hearing from attorney representing Valencia Love, who met R Kelly on a Lake Michigan boat cruise and later posted 100k for his bond, buying his freedom until the he was arrested on federal charges — she wants her money back
— Mitch Dudek (@mitchdudek) September 17, 2019
A Cook County judge ruled, however, that Love cannot get her money back, at least not for the time being, the Sun-Times reports.
Love is the owner of several restaurants and a childcare facility called the Lord and Child Christian Day Care. She only identified herself as a “friend” of R. Kelly when she gave four installments of $25,000 to temporarily free R. Kelly.
Love will not divulge where she obtained the money from, or if she put it up herself.
“I’m not going to say it was my money or [Kelly’s] and he’s not broke,” she told Fox32 News. “He’s my friend and I knew he needed help. He was going to get out regardless, I just went out there to help my friend.”
Friendship and finances only go so far, however. When Kelly got hit with another round of indictments, this time on a federal charges, Love felt her gesture was not worth it and now wants it all back.
Worse for Love, her restaurants suffered from the negative publicity as many refused to patronize her eateries. Just as damaging, consumers flooded her website and other restaurant review pages with scurrilous statements.
[via RollingOut Magazine]