Angelo Kelly: He was fined 3,000 euros for child labor

Angelo Kelly
He was fined 3,000 euros for child labor

Angelo Kelly (4th from left) with his family on the questionable "Irish Summer Tour". His son Williams is on stage with headphones.

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A district court in Franconia has fined Angelo Kelly 3,000 euros for child labor. The musician now wants to appeal.

The Hassfurt District Court in Bavaria has spoken: Angelo Kelly (39, "Irish Heart") was sentenced to pay a fine of 3,000 euros. This is reported by the "Bild" newspaper, citing the judge responsible. "He is guilty of illegally employing a child as an employer," said Sebastian Jäpel (39). The appearance of Kelly's then four-year-old son William (5) on July 26, 2019 at Eyrichshof Castle in Lower Franconia on the "Irish Summer Tour" is a "prime example of the youth protection law".

Both Kelly himself and his lawyer Julian Ackermann upheld the verdict, but announced that they would appeal against it. As a father, the well-being of his children is most important to him, says Kelly. "William was and is at no time obliged to appear with us at our shows," he said in a statement by "Bild". He also understands that certain authorities have to do their job and so he has always tried to work well with them.

Angelo Kelly wants to appeal

"Most of the time, we have received a lot of support and understanding for our family tradition from the local youth protection authorities," said the singer. A recognized media psychologist commissioned by the authorities would have also certified that William was treated in a child-friendly manner. Therefore, he does not recognize the judgment from Hassfurt and will continue the legal process.

His lawyer also said in a statement that he considered the judgment to be legally wrong. You will "of course (…) appeal against today's completely isolated decision". "The child of the person concerned stood on stage for at least 30 minutes, played along, sang along and interpreted their own song," said the judge in the grounds for the verdict.

No exception, such as a hobby

Even if it were a family of musicians, so the judge, William was in a dependent relationship with his father. There was no exception such as a hobby in a sports club or church choir or an activity in the family household.

In addition, Kelly was written to by the Bavarian Family Ministry before the tour and informed about the legal situation. The Würzburg trade inspectorate was right with a fine against Kelly. Originally, however, a fine of 5,000 euros was imposed. The 3,000 euros are appropriate, according to the judge. Angelo Kelly was not there for the verdict on Friday.