Last weekend, R. Kelly struggled to make bail after being charged with 10 counts of aggravated sexual abuse.
According to The Associated Press, prosecutors indicted him on 10 counts of aggravated sexual abuse of four victims. His attorney, Steve Greenberg, pleaded not guilty on Kelly’s behalf.
Kelly turned himself in to Chicago police on Friday, following his indictment. He was unable to post the $100,000 bail until Monday – which was posted by a suburban Chicago woman, who The Chicago Tribune said identified herself as a “friend” of Kelly’s on the bond slip.
She was later identified as 47-year-old Valencia Love, owner of Lordan Child Christian Daycare Academy and Love on the Blu Restaurant.
In a phone conversation with Fox 32 of Chicago, Love offered more details about springing Kelly from jail.
“I’m not going to say it was my money or his money,” Love told Fox 32’s Tia A. Ewing, according to notes the reporter posted on Twitter. “He’s not broke. He was going to post bond by Thursday anyway. It wasn’t my money. I’m not going to say whose money it is. He’s my friend, and I knew he needed help. There are three sides to every story: his side, there’s the alleged victims’ side and the truth. I can say they (accusers) are lying. He told me he was innocent. I don’t condone any man sodomizing or abusing a woman. If he did that, he is wrong, [but] he’s telling me he’s innocent.”
Kelly is due back in court on March 22, where he faces up to 70 years in prison if convicted.
In other R. Kelly news, TMZ.com reported that a Cook County judge found Kelly in contempt earlier this month because he owes ex-wife Drea Kelly $169,996 in back child support. According to documents obtained by the celebrity news and gossip outlet, the court says he was supposed to be paying her $20,833 per month as of January 2009, but he fell off schedule in the last year.
The court order states R. Kelly needs to pay up by March 6, or he’ll be taken into custody.