Singer R. Kelly is in custody awaiting trial on sexual assault charges, and his live-in girlfriends have faced a housing predicament as a result.
The lease on the Trump Tower apartment they shared with Kelly was about to expire, and they were reportedly looking for new digs, but now, they have decided to stay put, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.
While Kelly was shacked up with the two women for some time prior to his incarceration, they are not family and they are not legally married to him.
That being the case, the opportunity for the two women to visit the recording artist behind bars is very limited. According to the jailhouse rules, non-family members are only allowed to visit prisoners once every 90 days.
Kelly’s attorney stated: “You have to understand, Kelly and his two girlfriends consider themselves a family… This is a family.”
Well, not in the eyes of the legal system, so the girls will just have to wait to see their man every three months.
Who Pays the Bills?
Now, the question is who is going to pay for the apartment for his dependent girlfriends?
Kelly has pre-paid his lease in the past, but the contract was reportedly paid only through September.
The troubled R&B singer reportedly had to borrow the money to post his bail, so one wonders where the money is going to come from to pay for the posh digs at Trump Tower in Chicago.
While Kelly is still receiving royalty checks for “I Believe I Can Fly” as well as his many other hits, the money must be drying up due to the vast legal problems he has faced in recent years.
After all, if he had to borrow $100,000 to be released from custody the first time, how much money can still be left in the bank account?
For now, the girls will stay put, though. Perhaps President Trump himself stepped in and granted them clemency on their rent, but the chances of that seem slim indeed.