Kelly detained after child support hearing

In this Monday, Feb. 25, 2019 file photo, R. Kelly, right, leaves Cook County Jail with his defense attorney, Steve Greenberg, in Chicago. In his first interview since being charged with sexually abusing four people, including three underage girls, Kelly says he Photo: Associated Press
In this Monday, Feb. 25, 2019 file photo, R. Kelly, right, leaves Cook County Jail with his defense attorney, Steve Greenberg, in Chicago. In his first interview since being charged with sexually abusing four people, including three underage girls, Kelly says he "didn't do this stuff" and he's "fighting for his life. Kelly gave the interview to Gayle King of "CBS This Morning," with excerpts airing Tuesday night, March 5, 2019, and the full interview airing Wednesday and Thursday morning. (AP Photo/Matt Marton, File)

March 06, 2019 06:29 PM

Authorities say R&B singer R. Kelly was taken into custody during a hearing in Chicago over unpaid child support.

Kelly left the courtroom with his lawyers on Wednesday through a different door than he had entered. His hands weren't cuffed.

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Cook County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Sophia Ansari says Kelly was taken into custody and will be transferred to the county jail. She says he won't be released from jail until he pays $161,000 in back child support he owes, and that his next hearing is scheduled for next Wednesday.

Kelly's publicist, Darryll Johnson, says Kelly came to the hearing prepared to pay $50,000 to $60,000, but the judge wanted the whole amount. He says Kelly didn't have the whole amount because he hasn't been able to work.

Kelly was charged last month with 10 counts of aggravated sexual abuse pertaining to four women years ago, including three who were underage at the time.

The singer has denied wrongdoing and pleaded not guilty.

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