R. Kelly Taken Into Custody Following Child Support Hearing
It comes just a few hours after his explosive interview was aired.
R. Kelly is back behind bars after his child support hearing.
A spokesperson for the Cook County Sherriff’s Office has confirmed that R. Kelly is being transported to Cook County Jail to be booked, ET reports.
According to the spokesperson, the 52-year-old singer is in custody due to unpaid child support. Additionally, it has been reported the singer must pay just over USD$161,000 to get out of jail.
The arrest comes after R. Kelly blasted reports which suggest he's a monster in an explosive new TV interview with Gayle King on CBS.
The I Believe I Can Fly singer is fighting several charges of sexual abuse, kidnapping and underage sex, and his claims of innocence recently took a hit when the docu-series Surviving R. Kelly aired on American TV screens.
The television series looked at decades of allegations against R. Kelly.
However, in his first TV interview since his arrest on sexual assault charges in February 2019, Kelly said he has been "assassinated" by the media.
The 80-minute interview left viewers in shock after he was seen standing up and yelling at the camera.
"I have been assassinated. I have been buried alive. But I’m alive.
"I’m trying to have a relationship with my kids! And I can’t do it! Y’all just don’t want to believe the truth! You don’t want to believe it!"
When King asked Kelly if he had done anything illegal, he insisted none of the allegations against him would stick.
"Got little girls trapped in the basement, helicopters over my house trying to rescue someone that doesn’t need rescuing because they’re not in my house. Handcuffing people, starving people. I have a harem, what you call it - a cult. I don’t even really know what a cult is. But I know I don’t have one," he said.
He then turned on the Surviving R. Kelly docu-series, adding:
"Everybody says something bad about me. Nobody said nothin’ good. They was describing Lucifer. I’m not Lucifer. I’m a man. I make mistakes, but I’m not a devil, and by no means am I a monster."
Kelly broke down and started yelling as he paced around the room, with his publicist attempting to calm him down.
"You can start a rumour on a guy like me or a celebrity just like that. All you have to do is push a button on your phone and say, 'So and so did this to me, R. Kelly did this to me', and if you get any traction from that, if you’re able to write a book from that, if you’re able to get a reality show... then any girl that I had a relationship in the past that it just didn’t work out, she can come and say the same exact thing."
He also urged the public to stop and think about what has been said about him:
"Use your common sense. Forget the blogs, forget how you feel about me. Hate me if you want to, love me if you want. But just use your common sense," he raged.
"How stupid would it be for me, with my crazy past and what I’ve been through - oh right, now I just think I have to be monster, and hold girls against their will, chain them up in my basement, and don’t let them eat, don’t let them out... Stop it. You all quit playing! Quit playing! I didn’t do this stuff! This is not me! I’m fighting for my f**king life! Y’all killing me with this s**t!
"I gave you 30 years of my f**king career! Thirty years of my career! And y’all trying to kill me? You killing me, man! This is not about music!"
Meanwhile, lawyer Michael Avenatti, who is representing multiple people involved in the latest legal action against Kelly, attacked the singer via Twitter:
Avenatti's clients Alice and Angelo Clary have also been interviewed by King for the CBS morning show. Their segment will air on 8 March. See their response to R. Kelly's interview:
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