American singer R.Kelly will reportedly request permission from United States authorities to visit the UAE.
The artist is currently embroiled in a high-profile sex abuse scandal, his passport has been surrendered and legally he cannot leave the country.
According to international reports, he will put forward a request on Friday referencing three shows at UAE venues from April 17 to April 19, these engagements were arranged prior to his legal battle.
“If you can’t play a show… If you can’t go out on tour, they’re not streaming your music anymore obviously you’re going to have financial problems,”
Steve Greenberg, R. Kelly’s attorney
A documentary shedding light on R.Kelly went viral this year
Much of the singer’s sexual misconduct came to light after a documentary, ‘Surviving R. Kelly’ detailing sex abuse allegations was released in January. The singer was subsequently arrested, although no formal charges have been made.
Court proceedings continue on March 22, where Kelly faces ten counts of criminal sex abuse.
R.Kelly was bonded out of jail by his family who paid $160,000 in back child support and the singer is reportedly struggling to support his legal expenses.