The daycare owner who posted bond for R. Kelly earlier this year is asking for a refund, but a Cook County judge denied her request on Tuesday, September 17.
Chicago-based Valencia Love made headlines in February after paying $100,000 to bail Kelly out of Cook County Jail where he had spent three nights.
R. Kelly poses for a mugshot on Feb. 22, 2019 after his arrest in Chicago on 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse | Photo: Getty Images
Now, the Chicago Sun-Times reports that Love, through her attorney John Collins, filed a four-page motion on Friday seeking a refund of the money.
Still To Come: "Why is it such a big deal? He’s already locked up. Why can’t the bail money be returned?"
During a court hearing for the motion on Tuesday, Collins reportedly told Cook County Judge Lawrence Flood that when his client posted bond for Kelly, she did not know about federal investigations in New York and Chicago.
R. Kelly leaves the Cook County jail after posting bail on Feb. 25, 2019 in Chicago | Photo: Getty Images
Love put forth the money for Kelly’s release from jail after the embattled singer was charged with 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse. Kelly, 52, has since been indicted on federal charges and is being held without bail.
Per Collins’ argument, it made no sense to hold on to Love’s money when Kelly was being held without bond in those federal cases.
Flood, however, denied the motion, pointing out that there was no legal basis for it. According to the Sun-Times, Love could get her money back at the end of Kelly’s criminal case in Cook County, but that could be years to come.
R. Kelly leaves the Leighton Courthouse on May 07, 2019 in Chicago| Photo: Getty Images
Collins mentioned in court that his client is scared of losing her money and worried that, at the end of the case, a judge could order the funds to be used in paying Kelly’s attorney fees.
Love spoke with the publication, claiming that Kelly reimbursed her the $100,000 and she was only trying to recall the money so the singer could use it to cover legal costs and other expenses.
“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. …Why is it such a big deal? He’s already locked up. Why can’t the bail money be returned?”
R. Kelly at court for a hearing on June 26, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. Kelly is facing several counts of aggravated sexual abuse | Photo: Getty Images
Months ago, Love publicly defended Kelly after paying his bond despite public disapproval. "Let him have his chance in court to prove if he's innocent or guilty," she said, per Complex. "As a friend, if he says he's innocent, I can only believe that he is innocent."
There were also reports at the time that Love got the money to post Kelly’s bond from a wrongful death lawsuit settlement she got on behalf of her late daughter.
R. Kelly leaves the Leighton Criminal Courthouse on June 06, 2019 in Chicago | Photo: Getty Images
After his criminal sexual abuse charges in February, Kelly was indicted in July on 18 counts, including child pornography production, obstruction of justice, and receipt of child pornography, by federal prosecutors in New York and Chicago.
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