R. Kelly Released From Jail After Paying Owed Child Support

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The controversial R&B singer was freed Saturday, three days after a judge ordered him jailed until he paid the $161,000 of back child support that he owed.

R&B singer R. Kelly on Saturday was freed from a Chicago jail after a $161,633 child support payment was made on his behalf. Kelly was released three days after a judge ordered him jailed until he paid the total amount of back child support that he owed.

Cook County sheriff's spokeswoman Sophia Ansari says someone made the $161,000 payment on Saturday morning. A sheriff's official says somebody who did not want to be publicly identified handed a check to the Cook County clerk's office for the full $161,633 back child support Kelly needed to be released from a Chicago jail.

Chief Policy Officer Cara Smith says the person wanted to remain anonymous. The section of the bond slip where a person putting up money writes their name and relationship to the inmate has been left blank.

The singer briefly spoke to reporters as he left a Chicago jail. He said, "I promise you, we're going to straighten all this stuff out." He said he couldn't say anything more.

Kelly was charged last month with 10 counts of aggravated sexual abuse pertaining to four women, including three who were minors when the alleged abuse occurred. He has denied wrongdoing and pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Kelly spent a weekend in jail after his arrest last month and wasn't freed until a 47-year-old suburban Chicago business owner posted his $100,000 bail. At the time, his defense attorney said Kelly's finances were "a mess."

This past week, Kelly told CBS This Morning during an interview that people had stolen money from his bank accounts. He offered no details.