R. Kelly was released from jail on Saturday after paying his back child support.
The R&B legend has been having the worst week of his life. After doing an explosive interview with Gayle King earlier this week, R. Kelly was thrown in jail for owing $161,633 in back child support to his ex-wife Drea Kelly. TMZ reported that Kelly managed to scrape the funds together with help from friends and family, just like he did last month to secure his $100,000 bond.
“I promise we’re gonna straighten all this out. That’s all I can say right now. I love my fans,” R. Kelly told reporters after walking out a Cook County Jail.
R. Kelly missed the deadline to pay over his back child support and a judged remanded him behind bars when he appeared in court this week. He has three kids with his ex-wife Drea Kelly. In his interview with King this week, he revealed that he wants to have a better relationship with his kids.
He is also in danger of going to prison when he stands trial on 10 counts of aggravated sexual abuse. Michael Avenatti, the attorney representing one of his accusers, is now saying that he uncovered more evidence linking the singer to the exploitation of underage girls and he will be turning over the evidence to the prosecutor.
R. KELLY RELEASED FROM CUSTODY: The R&B singer is being released from Cook County Jail now after paying $161,000 in back child support: https://bit.ly/2J0Lmsg
Posted by Fox 32 Chicago on Saturday, March 9, 2019
“Our investigation has now uncovered significant additional evidence that R Kelly and his handlers transported underage girls across state lines for the purpose of allowing him to sexually assault them. We will be turning over the evidence to law enforcement forthwith,” Avenatti tweeted.
Avenatti was the one who turned over the video recording to authorities which lead to the reopening of an investigation. R. Kelly was subsequently indicted on 10 counts. He is currently out on bond but is proclaiming his innocence.
Our investigation has now uncovered significant additional evidence that R Kelly and his handlers transported underage girls across state lines for the purpose of allowing him to sexually assault them. We will be turning over the evidence to law enforcement forthwith.
— Michael Avenatti (@MichaelAvenatti) March 9, 2019