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One of the reasons R. Kelly has evaded law enforcement for decades, despite repeated allegations of sexual abuse against underage girls, is his network of support. Whether it’s friends, fans, or employees, they’ve allegedly protected or enabled him for years, as seen in the Lifetime documentary Surviving R. Kelly.
The latest on that list is a Chicago woman named Valencia Love who reportedly bailed out Kelly after he was charged with 10 counts of felony aggravated criminal sexual abuse on Friday, to which he pleaded not guilty. His lawyer had previously said Kelly did not have the money to post the $100,000 cash bond of his $1 million bail, but on Monday, he was released with the help of Love.
Love later told ABC Chicago, “It was his own money. I just posted [bond] for him.” She said she’s a good friend of Kelly’s.
Multiple outlets have also identified Love as the owner of Lord and Child Christian Day Care, which was quick to anger people. The irony of a daycare owner posting bail for an alleged pedophile wasn’t lost on them.
Two Things:— J. Walters (@j_infin8te) February 26, 2019
1) A Daycare owner. DAYCARE owner posted bail for a known pedophile.
2) What if the money was actually R Kelly’s money, laundered into such businesses to avoid audits and such? Or maybe I’ve just been watching too many crime shows...
Wayment. A DAYCARE worker posted R. Kelly’s bail? She bailed out a pedophile? pic.twitter.com/Bw2SGjrlRY— Pedagogy of the Pressedt. (@jamKartel) February 26, 2019
So, let me get this straight. A (presumably Black, based on name and location) woman who owns A DAYCARE CENTER bailed R. Kelly out?! I would remove my child by 3pm... https://t.co/KRKhdbPhGt— Bärí A. Williams (@BariAWilliams) February 26, 2019
Valencia Love owns Lord and Child CHRISTIAN Daycare in Chicago. She just bailed R Kelly out of jail. If your child attends that daycare you should probably reconsider that choice.— A.Robb (@Pisceanluvher) February 26, 2019
Many called for the boycott of her daycare as well as a restaurant she reportedly owns called Love on the Blu.
The woman that bailed R. Kelly out owns a restaurant in Chicago called Love on the Blu. Don’t eat there since she wanna use the money for dumb shit— . (@AdorabIeHyuck) February 26, 2019
Imagine paying $1000+ every month for your child’s daycare only to find out you indirectly paid R Kelly’s bail https://t.co/PpqAXdBPOg— austin (@YoungAndDecent) February 26, 2019
The name of her daycare is Lord and Child Christian Day Care. Throw it all away! https://t.co/JQEBeLZ3cc— Be my peace. (@connichameleon) February 26, 2019
BOYCOTT— Uppity Negress Podcast (@Uppity_Negress_) February 26, 2019
Lord and Child Christian Daycare
3344 W 79th st
OWNER BAILED R KELLY OUT OF JAIL https://t.co/GEEEFuPbgO
People left damaging reviews on the restaurant’s Yelp page since the news broke. “A business where the owner bails out a rapist/child predator. Please take your money somewhere else. Please do not support this business,” wrote one reviewer.
“The fact that this BLACK WOMAN could bail out a rapist and an abuser is despicable,” wrote another reviewer. “You own a children’s day care. You should be ashamed of yourself.”
By Wednesday morning, when the Daily Dot accessed the page, Yelp had disabled the option to leave reviews, citing concerns that the restaurant’s name has been in the media.
Love reportedly defended her actions in Yelp’s comments, according to the Daily Mail, saying, “No big deal: I just help out a Friend if he guilty let him pay for it thru the courts.”
Samira Sadeque is a New York-based journalist reporting on immigration, sexual violence, and mental health, and will sometimes write about memes and dinosaurs too. Her work also appears in Reuters, NPR, and NBC among other publications. She graduated from Columbia Journalism School, and her work has been nominated for SAJA awards. Follow: @Samideque