R.Kelly was released from a Chicago jail after turning himself in for the second time in nearly two weeks. According to CBS, Cook County sheriff’s spokeswoman Sophia Ansari says she does not know who posted the $161,000 payment.
Kelly’s release comes just three days after a judge ordered the disgraced R&B singer back to jail after his failure to meet the deadline to pay his back child support to ex-wife, Andrea Lee.
Upon his release, Kelly spoke briefly to reporters. “I promise, we will straighten this out. That is all I can say right now,” the 52-year-old singer said, before adding, “I love my fans,” and dashing off.
According to R.Kelly’s attorney, Steven Greenberg, who spoke immediately after Kelly on his behalf, the once lucrative artist was faithful in making payments. Greenberg implied that the ongoing controversy and allegations surrounding the singer has impeded on his ability to earn a living.
“The man was paying 20,000 a month in child support. He paid it religiously until he couldn’t make any more money because of all of these statements being made. And all of the rumors and all of the innuendos, and frankly because of the judges. He paid the child support year after year [before that].”
During his explosive interview with Gayle King, R.Kelly said that he only has $350,000 left to his name, a result of which he claims is from people stealing his money.
“So many people have been stealing my money. People were connected to my account. I went into — I went by myself for the first time to a Bank of America. Didn’t know what I was doing. Didn’t know what the hell was going on.”
Kelly’s attorney went on to say that “there is no money,” for the women accusing the singer while hinting that the only real incentive for the women going public is “fame.”
“It’s open season on R.Kelly. Everybody is now coming forward and saying, “I met this man, and this is what happened.” Look, there is NO money for these people. There might be their 15 minutes of fame or whatever, but we could all make our own judgments about whether people are saying things because they are true or because they want their fame, or whatever the reason is. We’re going to deal with it.”