COOK COUNTY, IL – R. Kelly is reportedly heading back to jail — but this time, it has nothing to do with the criminal sexual abuse allegations that landed him behind bars late last month.
According to The Blast, the embattled R&B star was taken into custody for failing to pay child support on Wednesday afternoon (March 6) and is on his way to Cook County Jail. Kelly allegedly owes $161,633 in child support to his ex-wife Andrea Kelly for their three children: Jay, Joann and Robert Kelly Jr.
Kelly was given until Wednesday’s court hearing to pay up or face an arrest warrant. Evidently, he failed to make any payments.
R Kelly has entered the court for child support preceding. Would not say if he paid $161k due pic.twitter.com/PLzDL9jQ38
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Valenica Love, the woman who posted Kelly’s $100,000 bond last month, has reportedly been subpoenaed and was present in court to discuss the payment, although her lawyer said she was there for an unrelated case.
Kelly’s arrest comes in the wake of his damning interview with CBS This Morning co-host Gayle King. The network aired his emotionally-charged interview on Wednesday morning. Part 2 will air on Thursday (March 7).
Although Kelly’s publicist Darryll Johnson says he came to the hearing prepared to pay $50,000 to $60,000, the judge wanted the full amount. The veteran singer will have to come up with the $161,633 to get out of jail.