R&B star R. Kelly has been released from jail after he paid back more than $161,000 of owed child support.
As Breitbart News reports, Kelly spent three days behind bars when he was first arrested on a civil concept charge. His ex-wife Drea Kelly reportedly complained that the American singer-songwriter missed his eighth month of child support.
TMZ reported that Kelly left the jail on Saturday where he told admiring fans, “I promise we’re gonna straighten all this out. That’s all I can say right now. I love my fans.”
Reuters reports the money was paid by an unidentified benefactor, something sheriff office spokesperson Sam Randall remarked as “pretty rare.”
“Anonymity in this situation is pretty rare,” Randall said. “Typically that section of the form is filled out.”
Kelly is currently facing 10 counts of aggravated sexual abuse which date back to the late 1990s. Of the four women that Kelly has been accused of sexually abusing, three were underage during the alleged interactions.
Kelly’s attorney, Steve Greenberg, declined to comment when asked by email whether the child support payment was made by Kelly or someone else.
Kelly bailed out of jail on the sexual assault charges on Feb. 25 and had since complained of financial difficulties, saying in an interview with CBS that “so many people” had access to his bank account and had stolen from him.
In the interview, he also tearfully and angrily rejected allegations that he had sex with underage girls.
And, from Breitbart News:
Last month, he also spent three nights in jail after he was charged in four sex-abuse cases and failed to post bond right away.
In an interview that aired on CBS This Morning Wednesday, Kelly said it’s “not true” he had sex with underage girls, held women against their will or sexually assaulted them. He emphasized that he defeated two cases and similar charges years ago.
“People are going back to my past, OK? That’s exactly what they’re doing,” he said. “They’re going back to the past, and they trying to add all of this stuff now to that. To make all of this stuff that’s going on now feels real to people.”
The most charges against Kelly followed the release of a documentary in January called Surviving R. Kelly. He was previously acquitted of child pornography and sex-abuse charges more than a decade ago.