R. Kelly made bail after reportedly receiving help from a female friend. According to the Chicago’s Fox 32, Kelly walked out of a Cook County jail after Valencia Love posted the $100,000 bail money, which was 10 percent of the $1 million set by a judge.
Love, 47, resides in Romeoville, Illinois, and owns Love on the Blu, a diner located in the Chicago area. She also owns a childcare facility, the Lord and Child Christian Day Care. After facing backlash on social media, Love decided to speak out and explained her side of the story to Fox 32’s Tia Ewing.
Love shared her message in a statement via the Notes app on iPhone.
“I’m not going to say it was my money (Valencia P. Love) or his (R. Kelly) money and he’s not broke,” she wrote. “He was going to post bond by Thursday anyway. He’s my friend and I knew he needed help. There are three sides to every story, his side, there’s (the alleged victims), and the truth….
“He’s not a monster, he’s not,” she wrote. “He’s been nothing but a gentleman to me…There are three sides to every story, his side, there’s (the alleged victims), and the truth. (sic)”
Love continued: “I don’t condone any man sodomizing anyone or abusing a woman. He (R. Kelly) 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.”
Cook County prosecutors charged the embattled singer with 10 counts of sexual abuse. The alleged abuse occurred between 1998 and 2010 and involves victims between the ages of 13 and 16. Kelly could face 70 years in prison if convicted.