A couple of days after R. Kelly was brought back to prison for failing to pay around $160,000 worth of child support, he is again out of jail after an anonymous donor has funded the unsettled amount in court.
According to the Cook County Jail spokesperson, they have received a payment from an anonymous person to the amount of $161,000 in child support that Kelly owed from his wife and three kids on the afternoon of Saturday, March 9th, allowing him to be out of jail as he awaits the trial on a separate charge of sexual assault.
As he walks out the premises of the Cook County Jail, where he was detained, he made few comments to the reporters present. “I promise you,” Kelly said, “we’re going to straighten all this stuff out.”
The 52-year-old R&B singer was taken to custody, Thursday, after a judge ordered his arrest for not paying child support for his ex-wife and three children. The Chicago judge did not accept the arrangements proposed by Kelly and instead demanded the full amount of $161,000.
Kelly’s lawyer, Steven Greenberg, said that he has a financial problem. He noted that Kelly is facing unpaid rent and unpaid child support. He also now faces a $166,000 eviction notice for all his overdue rent.
“This is someone who should be wealthy at this stage of his career,” Greenberg said last week.
Greenberg blamed ‘mismanagement,’ ‘hangers-on,’ and ‘bad deals’ for the financial situation of Kelly, who was just taken out of custody at the Cook County Jail after a fan facilitated his bail money.
Kelly was prepared to pay $50,000 to $60,000 of the owed child support, but the judge did not accept his arrangements, his publicist, Daryll Johnson said.
“We were coming expecting that he was gonna come and make an arrangement, but they wanted the entire amount,” Darryll Johnson told reporters at the courthouse.
Kelly, who arrived in court in a blue business suit, was “expecting to leave,” Johnson said. Instead, he was taken into custody and escorted from the courtroom by a police officer.
“The reason he can’t pay, as you know, he hadn’t worked in a long time. He can’t book shows he can’t do anything,” Johnson said.
He initially was unable to arrange payment of a $100,000 bail. His attorney said at the time that Kelly’s finances were “a mess.”
Previously, a school teacher has also paid the $1M bail set for another unrelated charge of sexual assault. The donor who paid the bail to set Kelly out was reportedly receiving death threats because of her donation.
Kelly is facing a trial and pleads not guilty on ten counts of sexual assault charges. The charges were pressed against the singer for allegedly sexually assaulting four different victims, where three of them are minors.
The development in the Kelly case came after a Chicago judge signed a no-bail arrest warrant against the 52-year old musician-producer, who for decades have faced multiple allegations of child pornography, sex with minors, operating a sex cult and sexual battery.
Kim Foxx, the state attorney for Cook County, told reporters that the alleged crimes took place between 1998 and 2010. A court clerk had earlier told AFP that nine of the charges involve minors with ages between 13 and 16.
Foxx said that felony charges carry three fo seven years of prison per count. That means R. Kelly is possible to be jailed for thirty to seventy years if all counts are ruled against him.
Kelly vehemently and passionately denied the allegations in the talk show CBS This Morning where he said that the parents of the victims received money from him and allowed their daughters to have sex with him.
During the interview, King brought up the cases of Joycelyn Savage, 23 years old, and Azriel Clary, 21. Both of the women’s parents have claimed that the disgraced singer, R. Kelly, has manipulated and brainwashed the girls to be with him.
Clary’s parents, Alice and Angelo Clary, through their attorney, high profile lawyer Michael Avenatti, released a statement denying that they have received any payments from the infamous singer and songwriter.
“We have never received a penny from R. Kelly. We have never asked R. Kelly for money,” they said. “And we never ‘sold’ our daughter to him or anyone else. R. Kelly is a desperate liar and serial abuser of young girls who should die in prison. All of the victims and parents cannot be lying, ” a statement from Clary’s parents read.