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Dubai Government Denies R. Kelly Planned To Perform

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Dubai's government has denied R. Kelly's claim that he had planned to perform there after seeking permission from an Illinois judge to travel.

The Dubai Media Office issued a statement on Sunday, denying claims by Kelly's lawyer that the singer had also planned to meet the sheikdom's ruling Al Maktoum family.

"Authorities in Dubai have not received any request for a performance by singer R. Kelly nor are there any venues that have been booked," the statement said.

It added Kelly "has not been invited by the Dubai royal family for a performance."

According to Rolling Stone, Kelly's lawyer Steven A. Greenberg said the singer had a signed contract with a legitimate promoter and any information that was included in the motion to travel was from that contract.

"We did not say he was invited by The royal family, but the contract did provide that he would make himself available to meet with them," Greenberg said, and added that a copy of the contract was provided to the prosecutor.

In late February, Kelly was charged with 10 counts of aggravated sexual abuse for allegedly assaulting three girls and one adult woman.

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