R. Kelly Back in Jail Following Child Support Hearing
By Desiree Murphy
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R. Kelly is back in jail for the second time in two weeks.
A spokesperson for the Cook County Sherriff’s Office confirms to ET that the 52-year-old singer was booked Wednesday afternoon.
Kelly is in custody due to unpaid child support in the amount of $161,663, according to the spokesperson, and will be released when he pays the full amount owed. His next court date is scheduled for March 13.
Kelly’s publicist tells ET that the singer offered to pay $50,000 to $60,000 in court today and set up a payment plan, however the judge denied the offer. The publicist says Kelly was "deflated" by the refusal.
"He was disappointed. He felt rejected. He was down. You could see the air go out of him. He never expected that. He was never looking forward to that. He never knew that was coming," the publicist said, adding that the singer’s team is actively working on coming up with money needed to get him released on bail.
Kelly was taken into custody following a hearing for his child support case at the Daley Center in Chicago. He had been ordered to pay more than $160,000 to his second ex-wife, Andrea Lee, by Wednesday morning. The two share three children -- Joann, 21, Jay, 19, and Robert, 17.
According to local reporters, because Kelly's child support case is sealed, no one was allowed in the courtroom except the involved parties.
Under cover on an umbrella, R. Kelly walks into Daley Center on Wednesday for a child support hearing. He owes more than $190,000 to his ex-wife. pic.twitter.com/5XD3FCgfqY
R. Kelly makes his way through past several photographers at the Daley Center. He was there for a child support hearing. He owes $190,000 to his ex-wife. It was quite a chaotic scene. pic.twitter.com/4HqETxgCP3
"I'm very tired of all of the lies," Kelly told King. "I've been hearing things and seeing things on the blogs, you know, I'm just tired."
"That little girl was trapped in the basement. Helicopters all over my house. Trying to rescue someone that doesn't need rescuing because they're not in my house," Kelly said, listing off some of the things he's heard about himself. "Handcuffing people. Starving people. I have a harem... a cult. I don't really know what a cult is, but I know I don't have one."