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R. Kelly back in jail for failing to pay child support

Posted at 6:01 PM, Mar 06, 2019

Just hours after a heated interview aired on CBS where musician R. Kelly declared his innocence on charges of sexual abuse, he was back in custody on Wednesday for failing to pay child support.

According to the Chicago Tribune, Kelly has failed to pay more than $161,000 in back child support. A Cook County, Illinois judge said that Kelly must pay the $161,000 in full in order to be released. He had previously been out on bond after spending four days in jail on charges of sexual abuse.

Kelly had a friend help him pay the 10 percent of the $1 million bond he needed in order to get out of jail.

Kelly's publicist, Darryll Johnson, told the Chicago Tribune that Kelly had $50,000 to $60,000 ready to pay on Wednesday, but the judge wanted the full amount. “As you know, he hasn’t worked in a long time,” Johnson told the Tribune.

Kelly will next appear in court on March 13.