R. Kelly Sent Back to Jail for Not Paying Child SupportR. Kelly, center, arriving at court in Chicago on Wednesday for a child support hearing. He was taken into custody afterward.CreditAshlee Rezin/Chicago Sun-Times, via Associated Press
- March 6, 2019
Barely a week after he was bailed out of jail while facing sex abuse charges, R. Kelly was taken back into custody on Wednesday following a hearing over his failure to pay child support, the Cook County Sheriff’s Office said.
Mr. Kelly was ordered last month to pay his ex-wife Andrea Kelly $161,663 in child support, according to The Chicago Sun-Times, about $30,000 less than the total he owes her. They had three children together. “Surviving R. Kelly,” a Lifetime documentary that aired in January, said that since the couple divorced in 2009, Mr. Kelly stopped paying child support on “several occasions.”
“I’m in foreclosure court on my house,” Ms. Kelly said in the documentary. “Why? Robert stopped paying child support as a way to punish me.”
His return to jail came just hours after the airing of his first interview since he was charged with 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse in connection with four women, three of whom prosecutors say were underage at the time. He was released last week on a $100,000 bond paid by a friend after several days in which he apparently struggled to come up with the money.