R. Kelly remains in jail after after failing to pay $161,000 child support

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

A Cook County Sheriff’s Office official says singer R. Kelly won’t be released from jail until he pays $161,000 in back child support he owes.

Sheriff’s office spokeswoman Sophia Ansari says Kelly was taken into custody Wednesday during a hearing over the child support 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 involving four women, including three who were underage at the time the abuse is alleged to have occurred. He spent a weekend in jail before someone posted his $100,000 bail, and his defense attorney said at the time that Kelly’s finances were “a mess.”

Kelly has denied any wrongdoing and says his accusers are lying..

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

Cook County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Sophia Ansari says Kelly was taken into custody and will be transferred to the county jail. She says she doesn’t know the reason he was taken into custody, including whether it had to do with unpaid child support he owes.

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.

A 23-year-old woman described by R. Kelly as one of his girlfriends has told her family that she is “happy” with the embattled R&B artist.

Joycelyn Savage said Wednesday during a phone call with her parents that she has told them a “million, million times” that she’s “OK” where she is and that they “need to stop.”

The call took place after her parents, Timothy and Jonjelyn Savage, held a news conference in Georgia during which they said they hadn’t spoken to their daughter in two years and alleged that Kelly was holding her against her will.

The call was on speaker-phone at the office of the couple’s lawyer, Gerald Griggs, and was captured on cellphone video and posted on Twitter.

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