R. Kelly vows to ‘straighten all this stuff out’

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R&B singer R. Kelly walked out of a Chicago jail on Sat­ur­day, shortly af­ter some­one paid $161,000 that he owed in back child sup­port.

Kelly, who was or­dered taken into cus­tody on Wed­nes­day by a judge af­ter Kelly said he didn’t have the en­tire $161,000 he owed, briefly spoke with re­porters, telling them: “I prom­ise you, we’re go­ing to straighten all this stuff out.” He said that was all he could say, a stark con­trast to a na­tion­ally tele­vised broad­cast that aired ear­lier in the week in which he cried and ranted about be­ing “as­sas­si­nated” by al­le­ga­tions of sex­ual abuse that led to crim­i­nal charges last month.

Sophia An­sari, a spokes­woman for Cook County Sher­iff’s De­part­ment, which op­er­ates the jail, did not im­me­di­ately know who paid the back child sup­port on Kelly’s be­half. His at­tor­ney, Steve Green­berg, said he could not dis­cuss the child sup­port pay­ment be­cause of a judge’s gag or­der in that case.

As is done with other high-pro­file in­mates, Kelly, 52, was held in a solo cell un­der round-the­clock ob­ser­va­tion.

It was his sec­ond trip to jail in a mat­ter of weeks.

PAUL BEATY AP

Singer R. Kelly speaks to re­porters while his at­tor­ney Steve Green­berg, right, looks on. Kelly was re­leased re­leased from Cook County Jail in Chicago on Sat­ur­day.

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