R&B singer R. Kelly was arrested today in Illinois, where a Cook County Sheriff’s Office official said he won’t be released until he pays $161,000 he allegedly owes in back child support, the AP reports.
“Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Sophia Ansari says Kelly was taken into custody Wednesday during a hearing over the child support and that his next hearing is scheduled for next Wednesday,” the AP reports. “Kelly’s publicist, Darryll Johnson, says Kelly came to the hearing prepared to pay $50,000 to $60,000, but the judge wanted the whole amount. He says Kelly didn’t have the whole amount because he hasn’t been able to work.”
The report adds: “Kelly was charged last month with 10 counts of aggravated sexual abuse involving four women, including three who were underage at the time the abuse is alleged to have occurred. He spent a weekend in jail before someone posted his $100,000 bail, and his defense attorney said at the time that Kelly’s finances were ‘a mess.’”