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Official: R Kelly to be Jailed Until He Pays $161K

Created: March 06, 2019 05:44 PM

CHICAGO (AP) - A Cook County Sheriff's Office official says singer R. Kelly won't be released from jail until he pays $161,000 in back child support he owes.

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Sheriff's office spokeswoman Sophia Ansari says Kelly was taken into custody Wednesday during a hearing over the child support and that his next hearing is scheduled for next Wednesday.

Kelly's publicist, Darryll Johnson, says Kelly came to the hearing prepared to pay $50,000 to $60,000, but the judge wanted the whole amount. He says Kelly didn't have the whole amount because he hasn't been able to work.

Kelly was charged last month with 10 counts of aggravated sexual abuse involving four women, including three who were underage at the time the abuse is alleged to have occurred. He spent a weekend in jail before someone posted his $100,000 bail, and his defense attorney said at the time that Kelly's finances were "a mess."

Kelly has denied any wrongdoing and says his accusers are lying.

"CBS This Morning" on Wednesday broadcast Kelly's first interview since the charges were filed.

The R&B singer says he's done "lots of things wrong" when it comes to women, but he says he's apologized. He denies doing anything against their will.

The singer believes social media is to blame for creating the allegations against him.

At one point during the interview, Kelly stands up and rants, saying: "I have been buried alive, but I'm alive." He says he needs someone to help him "not have a big heart."

CBS says it interviewed Kelly for 80 minutes.

Copyright 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

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