The mystery is over – almost. Days after R. Kelly sprung out of jail on a $100,000 bail bond, new details have surfaced on the secret woman responsible for coming to his rescue.
According to the latest reports, the Kelly superwoman is a Chicago resident and restaurant owner.
47-year-old Valencia Patrice Love—a former day-care secretary, a resident of the south Chicago suburb Romeoville, and the owner of a Blue Island breakfast joint called Love on the Blu. But even after news broke of Love’s involvement, the circumstances surrounding her contribution to Kelly’s bail remained foggy. A dive into news reports, witness accounts, court documents, and interviews with Love’s friends, family, and co-workers reveals a bizarre trajectory wrought with ambiguous motives and contradictory claims. (The Daily Beast)
#RKelly’s friend that bailed him out breaks her silence. I spoke with Valencia P. Love for 14 minutes. She says the singer isn’t broke and she didn’t use her $100,000 for Kelly to bounce from the county. Here are notes from our conversation by phone. @fox32news pic.twitter.com/CvTblkyT2j
— Tia A. Ewing (@TIA_EWING) February 26, 2019
Kelly’s friend Don Russell provided some insight on where the relationship stemmed from.
Love was a fan of Kelly’s music when she met the 52-year-old singer aboard a Spirit of Chicago cruise on Lake Michigan in September, Russell said. Over the weekend, she called members of Kelly’s inner circle and told them she wanted to help when she saw he wasn’t able to make bail. “She wanted Rob to have a chance at justice, and she thought he’d have a better chance outside of jail than inside,” Russell said. Love was with Kelly’s group after the singer was released from jail Friday, Russell said, and gave a toast to her short friendship with Kelly, saying she knew she needed to help a friend in need despite only meeting last fall. (Chicago Sun-Times)
This week, rap star Drake’s dad Dennis Graham defended Kelly amid his felony sexual assault case.
“He’s a good friend of mine. I wish him the best. I hate that it’s happening to him. There’s a reason why women come out after the fact. He has my support 100%.” (Variety)
A few days ago, Kells posted his $100,000 bond and soon after hit up a Chicago area McDonald’s.
Kelly’s $100k bond — 10% of his $1 million bail — was finally posted Monday after he appeared in court and entered a not guilty to plea to all 10 counts of aggravated sexual abuse. 5:05 PM PT — R. Kelly made a pit stop after leaving jail, stopping off at McDonald’s for some quick eats. We’re told Kelly ordered a quarter pounder meal with BBQ sauce on the side, washing it down with a soda and some coffee. We’re told Kels got cream and sugar with his coffee, but he went back to the counter and asked for more. (TMZ)
I can confirm that we will be providing a second video showing R. Kelly engaged in sexual assault of a minor to prosecutors this morning. This tape was recently uncovered in connection with our ongoing nationwide investigation on behalf of victims. Justice must be done.
— Michael Avenatti (@MichaelAvenatti) February 25, 2019