Woman Who Bailed R. Kelly Out Of Jail Speaks Out Amid Backlash

Singer R. Kelly, center, leaves the Cook County Jail after posting bond in Chicago on Monday, Feb. 25, 2019.
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Woman Who Bailed R. Kelly Out Of Jail Speaks Out Amid Backlash

"He's my friend and I knew he needed help."

Published February 26, 2019

R&B crooner R. Kelly was released from prison after a woman, whose name has been reported as Valencia Patrice Love, paid out the singer's bail amount in full.

  1. Love, who is accused of covering Kelly's $100k bond, released a statement explaining her involvement in the singer's release, as well as her stance on the multiple sex abuse charges he's facing

    Fox News Chicago anchor Tia A. Ewing released a series of notes taken during a 14 minute long interview with Love. Love reportedly told Ewing, "I'm not going to say it was my money (Valencia P. Love) or his (RKelly) money and he's not broke. He was going to post bond by Thursday anyway. He's my friend and he needed help."

    Discussing the allegations against R. Kelly, Love reportedly told Ewing, "There are three sides to every story, his side, there's (the alleged victims), and the truth. I can't say they're lying (the girls/young ladies). It wasn't my money, I'm not going to say whose money it is. I don't condone any man sodomizing anyone or abusing a woman."

  2. She also shed light on what the crooner informed her about the impending charges

    He (RKelly) told me he was innocent, if he did it he is wrong. If he did it that's wrong. He's telling me he's innocent. I wasn't there, you (Tia Ewing) wasn't there, give him the chance and allow him to prove his innocence.

  3. She then compared the singer's plight to that of religious leaders who are facing similar allegations

    Love said, "Look at all these priest, why isn't anyone going after them. Their having a summit over that now. Why isn't anyone focused on Kierra Coles (missing pregnant postal worker in Chicago, gone since October 2018)? The media focused on Jayme Closs. Why isn't anyone looking for Kierra? He's (RKelly) only been a gentleman to me. The prosecutors and attorney general need to be prosecuting the priest that were sleeping with 5 and 6 year old children.

  4. Lastly, Love shared her stance on the entire situation

    "I'm not in support of any pedophile, I don't support that at all. He was going to get out regardless, I just went out there to help my friend," she said.

    Valencia P. Love, an alleged daycare owner, came under public scrutiny after she was named as the person responsible for posting 10 percent of Kelly's $100,000 bail.

Written by BET Staff

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