R. Kelly Is Out

Someone makes the R&B singer's child support payment
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Mar 9, 2019 12:40 PM CST
R. Kelly Is Out
Singer R. Kelly center, walks with his attorney Steve Greenberg right, and an unidentified man left, who gave him a ride after being released from Cook County Jail, March 9, 2019, in Chicago.   (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)

R&B singer R. Kelly walked out of a Chicago jail on Saturday, shortly after someone paid $161,000 that he owed in back child support, the AP reports. Kelly was ordered taken into custody on Wednesday by a judge after he said that he did not have the entire $161,000 he owed in child support. As is done with other high-profile inmates, Kelly was held in a solo cell under round-the-clock observation. Sophia Ansari, a spokeswoman for Cook County Sheriff's Department, which operates the jail, did not immediately know who paid the back child support. The trip to jail was Kelly's second in a matter of weeks.

Last month, after he was charged with 10 counts of aggravated sexual abuse pertaining to four women, including three who were minors when the alleged abuse occurred, he was taken to the same jail. Kelly, whose attorney said at the time that the singer's finances were in disarray, then spent a weekend in jail before a 47-year-old suburban Chicago business owner posted his $100,000 bail. His attorney and publicist told a similar story this week before and after the hearing in which the judge ordered Kelly into custody, with the publicist telling reporters that Kelly was prepared to pay $50,000 to $60,000 on Wednesday but was not able to pay the entire amount. Kelly has denied any wrongdoing and has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

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