On Saturday (March 9), R. Kelly was released from Cook County Jail where he was being held for failure to pay $161,663 in back child support, The Associated Press reports. An anonymous person covered the entire sum, Sophia Ansari, Cook County sheriff’s spokesperson, said. Kelly has three children with ex-wife Andrea Kelly.
The news arrives after CBS This Morning’s viral interview with the 52-year-old singer debuted this week. Within the nearly-hourlong program, Kelly maintained that he’s innocent of all claims despite the recollections displayed in court documents and in Lifetime’s Surviving R. Kelly documentary.
“You can start a rumor on a guy like me or a celebrity just like that,” he said to journalist Gayle King. “Thirty years in the business, relationships didn’t work out, all you have to do is push a button on your phone and say ‘So and so did this to me,’ ‘R. Kelly did this to me,’ and if you get any traction from that, if you’re able to write a book from that, if you’re able to get a reality show, one girl, then any girl that I had a relationship in the past that just didn’t work out, she can come and say the same exact thing.”
Kelly spent three days in jail after having spent a previous weekend behind bars after being charged with 10 counts of aggravated sexual abuse.