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R. Kelly released from jail after $161,000 payment in back child support is paid on his behalf

Tatyana Jenene

 // Mar 9, 2019

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After three days, R. Kelly is set to be released from a Chicago jail.

According to WGN-TV, Cook County sheriff's spokeswoman Sophia Ansari says Kelly will be released Saturday (Mar. 9) after someone paid the $161,000 he owed in back child support.

On Wednesday (Mar. 6), a judge ordered for Kelly to be jailed until he paid the total amount owed to ex-wife Andrea Kelly in child support. According to his explosive interview earlier this week with Gayle King on "CBS This Morning," Kelly only has a little over $350,000 in the bank.



"So many people have been stealing my money. People was connected to my account. I went by myself for the first time to a Bank of America," he told King.

"Didn't know what I was doing, didn't know what was going on... three weeks ago to a month," he said. "Because I was so tired of not knowing where my money was, where my publishing was."

Kelly also told King he instructed the bank teller to open a new account and move his money in there before he was indicted last month. Because of this Kelly claimed he didn't have access to his funds to pay his $100,000 bond as he waited for the transfer to finish.



As a result, the singer spent three nights in jail after being charged with ten counts of sexual abuse - including abuse against three minors, which he denied - and was released after 47-year-old suburban Chicago business owner Valencia P. Love posted his bond.

In the interview — recorded prior to child support court date — Kelly blamed his ex-wife for his debt.

"How can I pay child support? How? If my ex-wife is destroying my name and I can't work. How can I work? How can I get paid? How can I take care of my kids? How?" he yelled during the interview.



Sources close to Kelly told TMZ a "benefactor" helped the singer pay the past due child support.

After his release, Kelly said in a quick press conference outside of the jail that he "promises" he will straighten "all of this out," before he told the press he loves his fans.

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