R. Kelly: Trapped In Prison

R. Kelly Still Behind Bars After Failing To Meet Bail Conditions

by Gottfried Moh

R. Kelly: Trapped In Prison

There is nothing for the Pied Piper to sing about lately. Away from arguments about separating the man from the art, the only place R. Kelly is stepping into is to a jail cell. He looks to have burnt up his career with his (alleged) serial misconduct, and this closet looks like one where he will be trapped in for a while.

R. Kelly, one of the most successful R&B acts of all time, has been unable to produce the $100,000 in cash required to make bail. A judge in Chicago set Kelly's total bond at $1 million on Saturday, a day after he was indicted on 10 counts of aggravated sexual abuse against four victims, three of whom would have been underage at the time of the alleged crimes, according to prosecutors.

Kelly's bond was set at $250,000 for each of the alleged victims in the case. To leave police custody, he's required to pay 10% of the total, or $100,000.

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Steve Greenberg, Kelly's attorney, told reporters after Saturday's bail hearing that he was "very happy" with the bond and that it seemed "fair and reasonable given the allegations."

But Greenberg said his client "really doesn't have any money at this point" due to "mismanagement," "hangers-on" and "bad deals."

He added that Kelly would ultimately be able to come up with the required $100,000.

"He's trying to get it together," Greenberg said. "He doesn't have it sitting in the bank."

Illinois does not have bail bondsmen, Greenberg pointed out.

But Kelly's money problems don't stop with his bail. According to court documents reviewed by CNN, Kelly owed more than $169,000 in unpaid child support to his ex-wife as of February 6. The court ordered Kelly to make a monthly payment of $20,833 on January 8, 2009, but Kelly failed to show up to that hearing, per court documents. To avoid being held in contempt of court, a judge ordered he pay $161,663 by March 6.

Greenberg told CNN his client "does not have to pay the child support before getting out."

"The state is trying to make him do that, or they were," Greenberg said, "but the judge said no."

Kelly also risked eviction at his Chicago studio last month because he owes more than $166,000 in unpaid rent. Court documents show that a judge signed an eviction order in January. The documents also show that Robert Kelly needed to move out on or before January 21, but Kelly was still at the studio minutes before he turned himself in to police on Friday February 22.

The eviction process began in July 2018 when the landlord, Midwest Commercial Funding LLC, said Kelly defaulted on the lease by initially failing to pay more than $79,000 in rent. The back rent continued to pile up, and the judge finally signed off on an eviction.

In January a judge ordered the second floor of Kelly's studio -- which was being used as a bedroom -- to be closed because it posed a fire hazard.

The judge also limited Kelly's use of the building to between the hours of 9 a.m. and 9 p.m., a decision Greenberg slammed in a statement on his Twitter page, in which he compared Kelly to Ludwig van Beethoven, Sigmund Freud and Winston Churchill, whom he said worked and wrote at night.

The area was only zoned ‘commercial’, and not ‘residential’.

According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, which reviewed court documents in Fulton County, Georgia, Kelly also owes a Georgia property management company more than $31,000 in past due rent payments for two homes in suburban Atlanta.

With both R. Kelly and Jussie Smollett currently in jail, the prison choir is about to be lit!