'Depressed, deflated and upset.' R. Kelly back in jail, this time for child support he hasn't paid
By Rosemary Sobol and Megan Crepeau
Mar 07, 2019 at 8:20 AM
R. Kelly strode down the courthouse hallway Wednesday afternoon dressed conservatively in a blue suit, blue shirt and dark blue tie.
In a smooth swipe of his hand, the R&B star pulled off his dark Gucci sunglasses as he entered the courtroom of Judge Lori Rosen, who last month warned she would jail Kelly if he did not pay more than $161,000 in back child support.
More than an hour later, Kelly walked out of the closed-door hearing with his hands cuffed behind his back and sheriff’s deputies at his side as they escorted him to Cook County Jail — less than two weeks after Kelly was arrested on sexual abuse charges.
Then, it took days before a fan put up $100,000 to free him. Now, Kelly must pay $161,663 in child support to get out. He remained in jail Thursday morning. His next court date is March 13.
Kelly and his ex-wife have three children together. The records on their divorce have been kept secret and out of public view, but paperwork on the back child support was made public in Kelly’s criminal court file.
Kelly’s publicist, Darryll Johnson, said the musician showed up Wednesday with $50,000 or $60,000, but the judge wanted the full amount paid. “As you know, he hasn’t worked in a long time,” Johnson said.
Asked how Kelly can still live in Trump Tower, he replied that Kelly “has some money.”
Kelly was “happy” when he arrived for the hearing, not thinking he would be jailed, Johnson said. But now he is “depressed, deflated and upset.” One man heckled Johnson as he spoke to the media.
The woman who posted Kelly’s bail after the criminal charges was at the Daley Center on Wednesday but left without speaking to reporters.
Alison Motta, the attorney for Kelly’s ex-wife, would only confirm that the ex-wife did not appear at the hearing.
Kelly’s attorney, Steve Greenberg, was in court but did not comment.
Kelly, 52, was indicted last month on 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse. Cook County prosecutors allege he abused four victims, three of them underage girls, over a span of 12 years. Kelly and his attorney have vehemently denied the accusations.
Bond was set at $1 million on the criminal charges, but Kelly was unable to post the necessary $100,000 until after he spent a weekend in custody. Court records indicate a 47-year-old Romeoville woman posted his bail, identifying herself on the bond slip as Kelly’s “friend.”
Accusations of predatory sexual behavior have dogged the singer for years. Cook County prosecutors charged him in 2002 with child pornography, saying he made a sex tape with his teenage goddaughter, but a jury acquitted him in a sensational trial in 2008.
Embattled R&B singer R. Kelly angrily denied accusations that he has had sex with underage girls and holds women against their will in his first TV interview since being charged with sexual abuse last month.
In the latest charges, prosecutors allege Kelly tried to force oral sex on his 24-year-old hairdresser in 2003 — while he was free on bond on the then-pending child pornography charges.
Prosecutors also alleged that Kelly solicited an underage girl after court when she attended his 2008 criminal trial and later sexually abused her; that he carried on a yearlong sexual relationship with a girl he had met in 1998 when she was celebrating her 16th birthday; and that he videotaped himself having sex with a young girl at his home in Olympia Fields in the late 1990s.