FILE - In this Jan. 25, 2014 file photo, recording artist R. Kelly performs at The 56th Annual Grammy Awards Salute to Industry Icons with Clive Davis in Beverly Hills, Calif. A Chicago judge is expected to rule on whether to let R. Kelly travel overseas to perform several concerts to help the cash-strapped singer pay legal and other bills as he faces sex-abuse charges. A hearing Friday, March 22, 2019, follows a defense motion saying the 52-year-old singer hopes to do up to five April concerts in Dubai. (Photo by Frank Micelotta/Invision/AP, File)

Judge expected to rule on R Kelly request to fly to Dubai

March 22, 2019 - 9:20 am

CHICAGO (AP) — A judge is expected to rule on whether to allow R&B singer R. Kelly travel overseas to perform several concerts to help the cash-strapped singer pay legal and other bills as he faces sex-abuse charges.

A hearing will be held Friday in Chicago. Kelly's attorneys made the request, saying the 52-year-old singer hopes to perform as many as five April concerts in Dubai.

Kelly also plans to meet members of royal families in the United Arab Emirates.

Conditions of Kelly's bond in the sex-abuse case include barring travel outside Illinois unless allowed by the judge.

His attorneys argue Kelly is also scrambling to pay child support because of the cancellation of Illinois concerts and a record contract.

The state's attorney's office declined to comment on Kelly request ahead of Friday's hearing. They are expected to oppose the motion.

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