R. Kelly released from jail after arrest for outstanding child support payments
Defiant R&B singer R. Kelly walked out of a Chicago jail for the second time in two weeks on Saturday after paying off the $161,000 in child support he owed his ex-wife.
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Kelly walked out of the Cook County Jail just before noon wearing a red jacket over a grey hoodie, with the hood over his head. He briefly stood in front of cameras and spoke while clutching a folder before leaving in a black van.
“I promise you we’re going to straighten all of this out,” Kelly said. “I love my fans,”
Kelly had been jailed since Wednesday after failing to make child support payments dating back eight months for his three children to his ex-wife, Andrea “Drea” Kelly.
Kelly’s lawyer, Steve Greenberg, spoke to reporters outside of the jail after Kelly was released. He declined to comment on the specifics of the child support payment saying that the judge had issued a gag order. Earlier in the week, Kelly’s publicist told reporters Kelly only had $60,000 to contribute because he could not work due to the criminal cases against him.
Greenberg said on Saturday that Kelly had been paying $20,000 a month until he couldn’t make any more payments.
“He paid it year after year,” Greenberg said. “It’s now open season on R. Kelly.”
Greenberg also defended his client, calling the attention the case was getting “pitchfork justice.”
“People bring up his old case, it’s disgusting. It’s not what makes America great,” Greenberg said. “Whatever the man does, he’s criticized. He sat down for an interview, he’s not hiding.”
Earlier this week another accuser came forward to say Kelly had abused her when she was 13.
It’s not fair. It’s not fair to nobody. When you beat your case, you beat your case.
The “I Believe I Can Fly” singer was previously jailed on Feb. 22 after he was charged with 10 counts of aggravated criminal sex abuse and held on $1 million bond.
Kelly has pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Defendants must typically pay 10 percent of the bond to be released from custody, but Kelly’s lawyer had said during the first bond hearing on the 10 criminal charges that the singer’s finances were “a mess.” He spent that weekend in jail until a friend, Valencia Love, paid the $100,000 on Feb. 25 and he was released.
Just prior to being taken into custody on Wednesday, the 52-year old singer taped an operatic interview with “CBS This Morning” co-host Gayle King, in which he yelled and cried, calling the allegations against him “not fair.”
Kelly told King his ex-wife was lying when she said he abused her, asking, “How can I pay child support if my ex-wife is destroying my name and I can’t work?”
He also brought up his previous sexual assault case, which ended in his acquittal in 2008.
“It’s not fair. It’s not fair to nobody. When you beat your case, you beat your case,” the singer said in a clip released by the network.
Kelly also told King he had “zero” relationship with his three children but said that they love him.
Asked if Kelly regretted the interview, Greenberg told reporters he did not think so.