A woman identified as Valencia Love has been revealed to be the person who posted the $100,000 bail for R. Kelly for his 10 counts of sexual abuse charge.
According to reports, Love, 47, resides in Romeoville, Illinois and is the owner of Love on the Blu restaurant owner and works as a day care teacher for Lord and Child Christian Day Care in Chicago. She describes her relationship with R. Kelly as “good friends”.
Speaking on Kelly’s court case, Love, according to TMZ, said: “There are three sides to every story, [Kelly’s] side, there’s (the alleged victims), and the truth.”
“If he did it, he is wrong,” Love said, adding that he should also be allowed to clear his name.
“He’s not a monster. He’s not,” Love said.
“I’m not in support of any pedophile. I don’t support that at all…. He’s only been a gentleman to me,” she added.
After facing backlash on social media, Love spoke out to explain her side.
She 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 have charged R. Kelly 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.