R. Kelly is a free man, again.
The disgraced singer was released from jail on March 9) after paying over $160,000 in back child support fees, the Chicago Tribune reports. And the media house adds that the chief policy officer Cara Smith at Cook County Sheriff’s Office confirmed that a check for the full amount of Kelly’s back child support had been handed over to the Circuit Court Clerk’s office. However, a copy of the bond slip did not show who posted the $161,663 owed by Kelly. Smith reportedly said that the individual wished to remain anonymous.
Recall that Kelly was taken into custody by the Cook County Sheriff’s Office on March 6 during a hearing over his unpaid child support. Kelly reportedly owed over $200,000 in back child support to his ex-wife Andrea Kelly, and was told he would face jail time if he failed to pay $161,633 of that amount. And all of that came days after he turned himself in to authorities in Chicago after being charged with 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse. On February 25, he was released from jail on $100,000 bail—10 percent of the $1 million bond set by the judge.
He had pled not guilty to all 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse, which stem from charges involving four women (three of whom were underage) who prosecutors say Kelly abused during the period of 1998 to 2010.
Kelly’s next court date is March 13.