R. Kelly Released From Jail Following Arrest for Failing to Pay Child Support
By Jennifer Drysdale
R. Kelly has been released from jail, ET has confirmed.
Three days after his arrest for failing to pay child support, the 52-year-old singer was released from custody at the the Cook County Jail on Saturday after a $161,000 child support payment was made on his behalf.
Kelly was taken into custody on Wednesday after he failed to pay more than $161,663 in child support to his second ex-wife, Andrea Lee, before a court hearing that morning. The two share three children -- Joann, 21, Jay, 19, and Robert, 17. A spokesperson for the Cook County Sheriff's office told ET after his arrest that Kelly would be released when he paid the full amount of child support owed.
Kelly's rep told ET on Wednesday that the singer offered to pay $50,000 to $60,000 at his court hearing and set up a payment plan, however the judge denied the offer. The publicist said Kelly was "deflated" by the refusal.
The performer's time in jail was his second in a matter of weeks. He turned himself in on Feb. 22 after being charged in Cook County, Illinois, with 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse. A spokesperson for the Cook County Sheriff’s Office told ET at the time that the singer was released from Cook County Jail late last month after $100,000 was posted. Kelly was held on a $1,000,000 bond, of which he was required to pay 10 percent.
Kelly alleged that he can't work and that his ex-wife, Lee, is "destroying" his name. "How can I pay child support? How? If my ex-wife is destroying my name and I can't work? How can I work? How can I get paid? How can I take care of my kids? How? Use your common sense," he said through sobs and screams, before claiming that "people have been stealing my money."