Published: Sat, March 09, 2019
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

R. Kelly released from jail after $161K in child support is paid

R. Kelly released from jail after $161K in child support is paid

The R&B singer has paid off his child support debts to ex-wife Drea Kelly - every single cent of the $161,633 that he owed, for what it's worth - and now he's back out on the streets as a free man after being released from Cook County Jail in IL on Saturday morning.

Greenberg said on Saturday that Kelly had been paying $20,000 a month until he couldn't make any more payments. "I promise you." He then went on to thank fans after he asked if he had anything to say to them.

In that case, Kelly was jailed on February 22 and released three days later after posting $100,000 bail. She said the money was posted sometime Saturday morning.

Kelly's most recent jailing, on Wednesday, related to what authorities said was failure to pay his ex-wife child support of $161,000.

R Kelly
The musician faces several sex abuse charges

His court hearing on March 6 took place just hours after he was interviewed by CBS This Morning's Gayle King, during which he mounted a forceful defence, saying: "I didn't do this stuff".

Check out the AP's complete coverage of the investigations into R. Kelly.

Attorney Steve Greenberg said it is "open season on R. Kelly" in regard to the backlash Kelly has received.

R. Kelly's ex-wife, Drea Kelly, has said that the singer tried to control her by withholding her child support. "I've been hearing things and seeing things on the blogs, and I'm just exhausted", he said in the interview, adding that the things that bother him the most include "that little girls trapped in a basement, helicopters over my house, trying to rescue someone who doesn't need to be rescued because they're not in my house". The publicist said Kelly was "deflated" by the refusal. Last month, he was charged with 10 counts of aggravated sexual abuse pertaining to four women, including three who were minors when the alleged abuse occurred. How can I take care of my kids? "This is not me", adding that he is "fighting for my f****** life".

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