R. Kelly Out of Jail After Arrest for Failing to Pay $161,000 in Child Support
Wearing a red jacket and a hooded shirt, Kelly told reporters outside of Cook County jail, “I promise you, we’re going to straighten all this stuff out. That’s all I can say right now. I promise you,” according to CNN.
R. Kelly is heading back behind bars after failing to pay more than $161,000 in back child support, an ongoing legal issue unrelated to his highly publicized sexual abuse charges.
Last month, a Chicago judge issued an order that would send the 52-year-old “I Believe I Can Fly” singer to jail if he doesn’t pay $161,663 he owes his ex-wife Andrea “Drea” Kelly, with whom he shares three children, including one minor, by 10 a.m. on Wednesday, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. Her manager told the newspaper that Kelly had stopped making required $20,000 monthly child support payments last spring.
The singer, whose real name is Robert Kelly, appeared at a hearing about the case on Wednesday afternoon and was then taken into police custody, E! News has confirmed. A spokesperson for the Cook County Sheriff’s Office said Kelly is set to be transferred to jail, and must pay the $161,633 to be released. His next court date on the child support case is on March 13.
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But his ex-wife’s manager told the Chicago Sun-Times that the singer “is not without means,” adding, “Not until he was arrested did he say he didn’t have any money.”
At the sex abuse case bond hearing, the judge denied a request from prosecutors to hold Kelly in jail until he had both posted bail and paid his child support. Kelly’s next hearing in that case is set for March 22.