R. Kelly is still hoping a judge allows him to travel to the Middle East, but the family of his girlfriend are worried his true plan is to leave the country and never return.
Sources close to Joycelyn Savage's family tell The Blast they believe Kelly wants to take Joycelyn and other girlfriend, Azriel Clary, out of the United States to some safe haven in Dubai where he could escape criminal prosecution.
Currently, the U.S. does not have an extradition treaty with the United Arab Emirates, even though there are thousands of American troops in the country and Dubai's Jebel Ali port is a major port of call for the United States Navy.
In his filing to get permission for travel, Kelly's attorney claimed the U.A.E. would not "jeopardize that relationship to harbor R. Kelly," but the Savage family believes if he's allowed to travel, it will remove all hope of ever getting their daughter back.
Kelly also claimed to have a meeting set up with the Royal family, which worries the Savage family even more. They feel if Kelly has the means to establish high-powered contacts in Dubai, they could facilitate any accommodations and arrangements he needs to permanently set up shop out of the United States.
During a Friday appearance in court, Kelly was showered with well wishes from fans, but his motion for travel was continued and will be decided at a later date. He later went shopping at the local mall in Chicago, and was seen pacing around talking on his phone.
As we reported, Kelly's publicist, Darrell Johnson, is no longer helping facilitate a meeting between Joycelyn and her family. We're told he had originally promised a face to face, but never followed through on setting up an actual meeting.