R. Kelly Taken Into Custody At Child-Support Appearance

Nancy Harty
March 06, 2019 - 3:41 pm
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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Embattled R&B singer R. Kelly was taken into police custody Wednesday after he appeared in court to address overdue child-support payments. 

The 52-year-old singer -- who faces an unrelated slew of sex-abuse charges for alleged misconduct against women and underage girls -- showed up at the Daley Center dressed in a suit and wearing sunglasses.

Later, around 3:30 p.m., Kelly was seen being escorted by Cook County Sheriff's deputies with his hands behind his back. A representative of the singer told reporters Kelly had offered to pay up to $60,000 in back child support, but the judge would accept nothing less than the total debt of $161,000. The hearing was closed to reporters.

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R. Kelly Mugshot, Robert Kelly, Child Support
R. Kelly (Cook County Sheriff)

Kelly was then on his way to the Cook County Jail. That's where the recording star was last month after he was hit with 10 counts of sexual abuse for allegedly mistreating four women, including underage girls. Kelly posted his $1 million bond and was released and this week appeared on "CBS This Morning" in an attempt to rebut the charges.

During that erratic appearance, Kelly angrily denied to interviewer Gayle King that he has broken the law or that he holds women captive, allegations generated by a docuseries, "Surviving R. Kelly." It was that recent series that revived claims against Kelly, a Chicago native who was acquitted of child-pornography charges in 2008.