R. Kelly's mugshot was released Wednesday evening after he was arrested for $161,663 in unpaid child support. The Cook County Sheriff's Office revealed that Kelly will have to pay the full amount before he can be released from jail.
UPDATE 5:18PM: R. Kelly lawyer spoke during a press conference saying
"We expected to come here and make arrangements, but they wanted the whole thing! He doesn't have $161,000! Our plan is to have him out by next Wednesday."
R. Kelly has been taken into custody after appearing at a court hearing on nearly $200,000 in back child support owed by the R&B superstar.
More than an hour after Kelly entered the closed hearing, he Kelly walked out accompanied by Cook County sheriff's deputies. "He's in our custody," said Sophia Ansari, a spokeswoman for the sheriff's office.
She said the arrest was ordered by Judge Lori Rosen, who warned last month that Kelly faced jail time unless he paid more than $161,000 in child support and interest. The order comes less than two weeks after Kelly walked free pending trial on criminal sexual abuse charges.
Records connected to Kelly’s divorce case have been kept secret and out of public view. But paperwork on the back child support was made public in Kelly’s criminal court file. Kelly and his ex-wife have three children together.
Kelly, 52, was indicted last month on 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse. Cook County prosecutors allege he abused four victims, three of them underage girls, over a span of 12 years. Kelly and his attorney have vehemently denied the accusations.
Bond was set at $1 million on the criminal charges, but Kelly was unable to post the necessary $100,000 until after he spent a weekend in custody. Court records indicate a 47-year-old Romeoville woman posted his bail, identifying herself on the bond slip as Kelly’s “friend.”
Accusations of predatory sexual behavior have dogged the singer for years. Cook County prosecutors charged him in 2002 with child pornography, saying he made a sex tape with his teenage goddaughter, but a jury acquitted him in a sensational trial in 200