According to the administrative court, Kelly is to pay 3,000 euros (77 thousand crowns), but his lawyer has already announced that he will file an appeal.
Little William, the youngest of Kelly’s five children, performed during an open-air summer concert at Eyrichshof Castle. “During the performance, the minor William stood on the stage for at least 30 minutes, during which he played, sang and performed his own song … This can be considered child labor under the Child Protection Act,” the court said.
The 39-year-old singer insists he did not break the law. “As a father, the good of my children is the most important thing for me … I never forced William to perform at our concerts. If he did it, it was because he wanted to, “Kelly wrote. His lawyer, Julian Ackermann, believes that the court’s assessment is inconsistent with the facts.
According to him, it is wrong to consider a short performance alongside a mother, father and siblings as child labor.
German child protection law prohibits the employment of minors under the age of 15. Exceptions apply to musical performances, with the prior consent of the authorities, children from three to six years of age may perform two hours a day, but only from 8:00 to 17:00. William Kelly appeared on stage the evening after 20:00.
Kelly experienced his greatest glory as a teenager while touring with the then popular family music group, for which he composed, for example, the hit I Can’t Help Myself. He now performs solo and is very popular in Germany, where his wife comes from.