It’s been a rough time going for R&B Star R. Kelly. On top of his recent trials, he was taken into custody on Wednesday for failure to pay more than $160,000 in child support to his ex-wife and their three children.
Kelly was detained by the Cook County sheriff in Illinois and transported to the county jail on Wednesday evening. The 52-year-old singer will remain in custody until he pays what he owes — $161,633. His next court date is set for March 13.
On Wednesday, CBS This Morning broadcast the first parts of a recent interview. The conversation, which Gayle King taped Tuesday at Kelly’s apartment at the Trump Tower Chicago, began airing on Wednesday in three segments on CBS This Morning.
The following morning, CBS This Morning aired the second parts of the interview. As was the case during the initial interview segments, Kelly appeared emotionally volatile.
In the interview portions which aired Thursday, Kelly screamed and wept when King asked about abuse allegations made by his ex-wife, Andrea Kelly, and the outstanding child support debts. He denied her accusations once again, shouting: “How can I pay child support — how — if my ex-wife is destroying my name and I can’t work? … What kind of woman would tear down a dad who’s trying to have a relationship with their kids?” He admitted to King, however, that he has “zero” contact with their three children.