Days after his release from Cook County Jail, embattled R&B superstar R. Kelly walked through a throng of reporters at the Daley Center on Wednesday to attend a closed-door hearing in a court fight with his ex-wife over child support.
The singer, dressed in a dark blue suit and large sunglasses, waved off questions from reporters when he emerged an hour later from Judge Lori Rosen’s courtroom.
Kelly, who faces separate criminal charges that he sexually abused three underage girls and a fourth woman, was released from jail Saturday after an anonymous donor paid more than $161,000 in overdue child support.
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By Chicago Tribune
Jul 12, 2019 | 12:44 PM
Last week, Rosen ordered Kelly taken into custody after he failed to meet a deadline to pay the $161,663 in overdue child support payments. He spent three nights in Cook County Jail before someone anonymously posted the money.
Prosecutors allege the abuse of the four victims took place over a span of a dozen years.
Kelly and his attorney have vehemently denied any wrongdoing.
The charges came as Kelly faces fresh scrutiny for long-standing accusations of sexually predatory behavior toward women and teenage girls. A Lifetime documentary series that aired in January featured multiple women saying he victimized them. In addition, reporting in BuzzFeed and the New Yorker by Chicago journalist Jim DeRogatis has highlighted accusations of abuse.