R. Kelly arrested after failing to pay $161K in child support
R. Kelly has been arrested again, this time over unpaid child support payments.
The 52-year-old R&B singer was taken into custody after Wednesday’s hearing for failing to pay ex-wife, Andrea Kelly, $161,663 in back child support by today’s court mandated deadline. The Kellys finalized their divorce in 2009 after 13 years of marriage. They share three children: 20-year-old Joann, otherwise known as Buku Abi; Jay, 18; and Robert Jr., who is 16.
According to Chicago Sun-Times reporter Sam Charles, Kelly will have to pay $161,000 to get out of jail. Kelly came to court purportedly prepared to set up a payment plan.
His bail will be whatever the judge in the child support case says he owes, per the sheriff’s office. This case is sealed, so there is a lot that’s still unclear
— Sam Charles (@samjcharles) March 6, 2019
Kelly’s arrest comes nearly two weeks after he was charged with 10 countsof aggravated criminal sexual assault involving four alleged victims. Prosecutors say three of the four women were underage during the incidents stemming from 1998 to 2010. If convicted, Kelly faces a maximum of three to seven years in prison on each charge. He pleaded not guilty to all charges.
The Grammy-winning musician had trouble posting the $1 million bond (or at least the $100,000 that was required for his release), and remained in jail for three nights. Kelly’s attorney said the singer’s finances were a mess, citing “mismanagement,” “hangers-on” and “bad deals” as some of the reasons Kelly “really doesn’t have any money at this point.” Kelly’s “friend,” Valencia Love, woundup posting his bail.
Kelly has already spent Wednesday in headlines after his intense interviewwith Gayle King aired on CBS This Morning, during which he denied ever having sex with minors or holding women against their will. Instead, Kelly claimed to be the victim, explaining that the numerous allegations against him have prevented him from having a relationship with his children. The entertainer has been accused of pedophilia and sexual misconduct allegations for over two decades, and has repeatedly maintained his innocence.