R. Kelly Denies Scam Involvement
Reports have been circulating that Kelly received $130,000 from Busisswe Zakwe, who was arrested for convincing investors to back a nonexistent tour of South Africa and claims she wired the money into the singer’s bank account.
While authorities have reportedly verified that the information she provided on the account is authentic, the current location of the money is unknown.
“There is absolutely no truth to the reports that R. Kelly received money from a South African woman accused of swindling investors by convincing them to invest in a non-existent R. Kelly tour in 2005,” the statement reads.
“Mr. Kelly has no knowledge of this woman, has never received any money from her, and has not been contacted by any law enforcement authorities regarding the matter. He will, of course, cooperate fully with any legitimate investigation of this matter, since he has nothing to hide.”
Zakwe is due to appear before a judge in South Africa September 10.
In June, Kelly was acquitted on 14 counts of child pornography, which could have earned him up to 15 years in jail.