R. Kelly is back behind bars.
After failing to cough up his $161,633 in back child support on Wednesday (March 6), the disgraced singer was taken in to police custody. He was whisked away directly after appearing in a Chicago courtroom to dispute his child support payments According to TMZ , Kelly will remain in jail until he pays his child support in full.
Kelly’s return to Cook County Jail comes nearly two weeks after he surrendered himself to authorities after being charged with 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse. Despite being given bail, the 52-year-old singer remained in police custody for three days because he was not able to come up with the $100,000 cash (he need 10% of his $1,000,000 bail to leave custody) needed for his release. His bond was ultimately posted by a 47-year-old woman by the name of Valencia Love, who identified herself as a “friend” of Kelly’s in court documents, according to The Chicago Sun Times.
As fans know, Kelly’s had a number of financial issues, including unpaid rent and unpaid child support. Last month, his attorney Steve Greenberg cited “mismanagement,” “hangers-on” and “bad deals” as some of the reasons Kelly “really doesn’t have any money,” CNN reported.
Kelly’s Wednesday arrest followed the airing of his explosive interview with Gayle King. As previously reported, The disgraced singer exploded with frustration and anger when addressing the multiple claims of sexual abuse against him. While he denied the claims, he also blamed the parents of his alleged victims for “selling” their daughters to him.
Watch interview below:
Kelly’s court hearing for his sexual abuse case is set for March 22.