R. Kelly to Return to Jail, Owes More Than $160,000 in Child Support
R. Kelly is in custody and is headed back to Cook County Jail following his child support hearing in Chicago on Wednesday (March 6). The Cook County Sheriff's Office told the Chicago Sun-Times as much this afternoon.
Kelly's imminent return to jail is linked to a court ruling handed down last month. Cook County Judge Lori Rosen ordered Kelly to pay $161,663 of the $194,000 he owes his ex-wife Andrea Kelly in back child support by March 6 at 10 a.m. Kelly, whose publicist Darryll Johnson said the singer was willing to pay up to $60,000 upfront when he arrived at the courthouse today, did not pay up the $161,663. That's why he was taken into custody.
Family attorney Alyssa Mogul, who is not involved in R. Kelly case, told the publication that the singer didn’t offer any explanation on why he couldn’t pay. “It appears he’s had his due process,” she said. “It’s time with him to comply with the order...judges don’t like it when people don’t follow their orders.”
Kelly’s criminal defense lawyer, Steve Greenberg, has told the media that the singer’s finances are “a mess” and that his income was depleted once his record label, Sony Music, parted ways with him earlier this year.
Kelly made his first return to jail in over a decade after he was officially charged with 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse on Feb. 22. He faces seven years in prison for each of the 10 counts.
Kelly's next court hearing is on March 13.
See video of Kelly being escorted out of the Cook County Sheriff's Office below.
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