Valencia Love posted a $100,000 bond for R. Kelly following his arrest on 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse. But now, in the wake of the singer’s indictment, Love wants her money back.
Love owns several restaurants, as well as a Chicago-based childcare facility called the Lord and Child Christian Day Care. At the time, Love claimed to be a “friend” of Kelly after she gave four installments of $25K in order to have him released from Cook County State jail, just two nights after he turned himself in.
Although, Love refused to reveal where she got the money for Kelly’s bond but alleged the singer would have been freed eventually, even if it wasn’t with her help.
“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,” Love added. “I just went out there to help my friend.”
Once word got out of her involvement in Kelly’s release, her businesses started to suffer as customers vowed to never spend money with any of her businesses. However, despite being overwhelmed with poor reviews, Love on the Blu, her diner just outside of Chicago, still appears to be open, according to the publication.
To justify posting Kelly’s bond, Love held his innocence, saying, “Let him have his chance in court to prove if he’s innocent or guilty. As a friend, if he says he’s innocent, I can only believe that he is innocent.”
However, on July 11, R. Kelly was indicted on 18 counts, including child pornography production, obstruction of justice, and receipt of child pornography, by federal prosecutors in New York and Chicago.