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