R. Kelly Unable to Bail Himself Out of Jail Amidst Money Problems
After decades of questionable behavior, singer R. Kelly was finally arrested after turning himself in on Friday night. Since then, the artist has been unable to come up with the $100,000 in cash needed to bail himself out of jail.
On Saturday, after being indicted on 10 counts of sexual abuse, the judge set Kelly’s total bond at $1 million. The total accounts for $250,000 for each of the four alleged victims in the case.
After the bail hearing on Saturday, Kelly’s attorney Steve Greenberg said that his client didn’t really have any money due to mismanagement of his funds but would ultimately make the bond at some point, according to CNN.
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Kelly owes over $169,000 in child support according to court documents obtained by CNN. Since Jan. 8, 2009, Kelly has been ordered to pay $20,833 monthly for his children. On the day of that hearing, Kelly did not show up to court.
The singer will reportedly not have to pay his outstanding child support before making bail.
“The state is trying to make him do that, or they were,” Greenberg told CNN of Kelly needing to pay his child support before his bail. “But the judge said no.”
In addition to the child support and bail that Kelly needs to pay, he is also facing eviction from his recording studio in Chicago. The singer owes more than $166,000 in rent for the space.
Official eviction papers had been drawn up and stated that Kelly needed to be out of the studio before Jan. 21, however, he was still using the space before he was arrested.
Kelly has now been charged with 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse. The crimes happened between 1998 and 2010. Three of Kelly’s four victims were minors between the ages of 13 and 16 at the time of their assaults.
At Friday’s news conference, Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx detailed all of the charges against the singer, which are each Class 2 felonies. Each crime is punishable by three to seven years in prison.
She also stated that one of the victims had given authorities a shirt that she wore during the incident which tested positive for the singer’s DNA.
Kelly and his defense still maintain his innocence.
“I think all the women are lying, yes,” Greenberg said when Kelly turned himself in.
“Unfortunately, the state’s attorney has now succumbed to public pressure,” Greenberg continued. “Mr. Kelly is strong, he’s got a lot of support and he’s going to be vindicated on all these charges.”
“I don’t know if it’s R. Kelly or not on those photos, but anyone can have photos,” Greenberg said. “I don’t put any credence in anything.”
Kelly faced similar charges in 2008 but was aquitted.
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