R&B singer R. Kelly walked out of a Chicago jail on Saturday, shortly after someone paid $161,000 that he owed in back child support.
The New York Post reports that “someone” paid his child support, but they do not identify Kelly’s benefactor; they report that Sophia Ansari, a spokeswoman for Cook County Sheriff’s Department, which operates the jail, did not know who paid the back child support.
Kelly was held in a solo cell under round-the-clock observation. As is the case with most high-profile detainees, he was kept in his own cell and was being observed around-the-clock. Kelly was jailed on Wednesday by a judge after he said that he did not have the entire $161,000 he owed in child support. It was his second time in jail recently: last month, after he was charged with 10 counts of aggravated sexual abuse pertaining to four women, including three who were minors when the alleged abuse occurred, he was taken to the same jail. Kelly, whose attorney said at the time that the singer’s finances were in disarray, spent a weekend in jail before a 47-year-old suburban Chicago business owner posted his $100,000 bail.
In a recent interview with CBS This Morning‘s Gayle King, Kelly — who has denied any wrongdoing and has pleaded not guilty to the charges — said that people had stolen money from his bank accounts, without offering any details.