R. Kelly heads back to jail after failing to pay child support
American singer-songwriter R. Kelly is heading back to jail after failing to pay $161,000 in child support.
Earlier this year, a Chicago judge issued an order stating that "I Believe I Can Fly" singer will head back to jail, if he doesn't pay $161,663, which he owes his ex-wife Andrea Kelly, on Wednesday. The two share three children.
According to a report by E Online, Andrea’s manager had informed media that Kelly stopped making required $20,000 monthly child support payments last spring.
The singer was taken into custody following his appearance at a hearing regarding the case on Wednesday. According to an official source, Kelly is set to be transferred to jail and must pay the $161,633 to be released.
The ongoing legal issue is entirely unrelated to his highly publicized sexual abuse charges.
It has been almost a month since the Lifetime documentary-series revealed years of allegations of sexual misconduct against the 52-year-old singer.
The disgraced rapper did his first interview since the charges against him were brought up with Gayle King. E! News cited a CBS Evening programme that shared a teaser clip on Twitter where the singer breaks down in tears and insists that the claims against him are untrue.
Allegations of sexual misconduct against R.Kelly towards young women date back to more than 20 years. Last year, reports of Kelly holding women captive in a "sex cult" were published. Multiple other reports have surfaced over the years.