R. Kelly released from jail after $161K in child support is paid

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Kelly, 52, was arrested and jailed Wednesday over failure to pay his ex-wife child support of $161,000 - which is the amount he must post to be freed.

Lawyers for the singer said that he was unable to pay the bill himself, and a representative for the Cook County Sheriff's Departent told reporters that they're unsure who did.

Kelly was ordered taken into custody on Thursday by a judge after he said that he did not have the entire $US161,000 he owed in child support.

Kelly was released from a Chicago jail.

Meanwhile, attorney, Michael Avenatti, who provided 2 tapes allegedly showing Kelly sexually assaulting underage girls, has said he has evidence proving that Kelly and his associates transported minors across state lines "for the goal of allowing him assault them".

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Last month, Kelly was arrested and pleaded not guilty to charges he had sexually assaulted three teenage girls and a fourth woman.

He has also very publicly proclaimed his innocence, telling Gayle King in an interview that aired Wednesday on "CBS This Morning" that all his accusers were lying about him.

The singer, who was tried and acquitted on 14 counts involving child pornography in 2008, has denied the new charges. Drea was among multiple women who alleged sexual misconduct against the singer in the recent Lifetime docuseries Surviving R. Kelly.

Later in the interview, when asked about owing back child support, the singer admitted he was struggling financially. "Didn't know what the hell was going on.because I was so exhausted of not knowing where my money was, what my publishing is". I'm trying to have a relationship with my kids and I can't do it! "Use your common sense", he said through sobs and screams, before claiming that "people have been stealing my money".

Kelly is due back in court in both cases later this month.

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