Dubai Denies There Were Plans for an R. Kelly Concert

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Dubai’s government on Sunday forcefully denied a claim by the R&B singer R. Kelly of which the artist had planned concerts inside sheikhdom after he had sought permission via an Illinois judge to travel here despite facing sexual-abuse charges.

In a rare statement, the government’s Dubai Media Office also denied claims by his lawyer in court of which Mr. Kelly had plans to meet the sheikhdom’s ruling Al Maktoum family.

“Authorities in Dubai have not received any request for a performance by singer R. Kelly nor are there any venues of which have been booked,” the statement said.

the item added of which Mr. Kelly “has not been invited by the Dubai royal family for a performance.”

In an email to The Associated Press, Mr. Kelly’s lawyer Steven A. Greenberg responded, saying: “Mr. Kelly had a signed contract that has a legitimate promoter, along with any information of which was included inside motion to travel was via of which contract. We did not say he was invited by The royal family, however the contract did provide of which he might make himself available to meet with them.”