Judge delays ruling on R. Kelly’s request to fly to Dubai

Judge delays ruling on R. Kelly’s request to fly to Dubai

Greenberg said Kelly wasn't a flight risk, noting that the Grammy victor traveled overseas for concerts prior to his 2008 child pornography trial and never missed a hearing date.

As a condition of his release on $1 million bond, he can not leave IL without permission.

Kelly's attorney, Steven Greenberg, offered no explanation in court for the delay other than to say he wanted to provide additional materials to Judge Lawrence Flood.

"Professionally, it's looking up", he said.

R. Kelly's plans are still up in the air about traveling to the Middle East next month to perform a series of concerts and possibly meet with royalty while the singer awaits trial on sex abuse charges.

Kelly faces trial for sexually abusing a woman and three girls.

The next hearing is scheduled for May 7, the judge said on a livestream of today's hearing.

No decision was made Friday morning about whether Kelly could travel to Dubai.

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"So since that's been filed ... people know he's available to do shows", he said. They want him to do shows, his fans love him", Greenberg said."He's presumed innocent, he hasn't been convicted of anything. He spent three nights in jail earlier this month after failing to pay more than $161,000 in overdue child support.

Kelly needs to perform overseas to pay off his mounting expenses, including child support, unpaid rent and legal fees, according to the filing.

In an interview with CBS reporter Gayle King, an sometimes outraged Kelly said that he had been victimized financially by associates, but also said he had $350,000 in a bank account - though he claimed when he went to withdraw the money after his arrest, it was the first time he had ever been in a bank. Greenberg said a rule of thumb was, "The more money you make, the more money you spend". He was acquitted of those charges.

In addition to the concerts in Dubai, Kelly is hoping to book other concerts in the USA and overseas. With that said, he explains that he needs to generate income as his music's been pulled from streaming services and his USA concerts have been canceled, thus traveling to Dubai will help him earn money to "pay for his day to day living expenses".

Kelly has pleaded not guilty to the sexual abuse charges. However, it appears as if the singer and his legal teams had a change of heart. Greenberg said the tape could be provided under a protective order that would bar the defense from releasing any portion of the video.

In addition, Kelly has several new recordings "in the can ready to go", Anton said.

"I've never seen anyone who's got this kind of a storm ... whirling around him, and he gets up every day, and he still tries to do music".

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