R. Kelly released from Cook County Jail: ‘We’re going to straighten all this stuff out’

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CHICAGO — Singer R. Kelly was released Saturday from Cook County Jail after paying more than $161,000 in back child support.

Robert Kelly, 52, was taken into custody Wednesday after failing to pay $161,663 in child support to his ex-wife. He spent three nights at Cook County Jail, 2700 S. California Ave., before someone wishing to remain anonymous posted money on Kelly's behalf Saturday.

"I promise you we're going to straighten all this stuff out," the singer told reporters outside the jail. "That's all I can say right now."

It's the second time in as many weeks that Kelly has been in jail.

Last month, the singer was charged with 10 counts of felony aggravated criminal sexual abuse. Prosecutors allege he abused one woman and three girls over the span of 12 years — including a 16-year-old he met at his 2008 child pornography trial. He was acquitted in that case.

A judge Feb. 23 set bond at $1 million in the new case. Kelly spent three nights in jail before a suburban entrepreneur posted $100,000, or the requisite 10 percent needed to go free.

Valencia Love, 47, told WGN she's known Kelly for years, but provided no additional details: "When you fall to the bottom, no one is there. I’m just trying to be a friend. Never turn your back on a friend."

Defense attorney Steve Greenberg on Saturday said prosecutors have yet to turn over any evidence in the case, including video tapes that may exist.

"When we get those things," Greenberg said, "we are going to fight this case like we fight any other case — in the courtroom, based on the evidence."

Attorney Michael Avenatti, who represents two alleged victims, said Saturday he "uncovered significant additional evidence" that Kelly transported underage girls across state lines. The attorney previously said he provided prosecutors with a VHS tape that allegedly shows Kelly having sex with a 14-year-old girl.

"Attorneys shouldn't be flying into our jurisdiction who aren't subject to our ethical rules and making wild statements — or any statements — about a case," Greenberg said.

Kelly maintained his innocence in an emotional CBS interview with Gayle King this week, saying, "I didn't do those things. ... I'm fighting for my f---ing life."

Kelly's two current girlfriends also sat down with King to address claims from their families that the singer is controlling the women. Both insisted they were happy with Kelly and that their relatives are simply looking for a pay day.

Also making headlines this week was Ed Genson, the high-profile attorney who represented Kelly in his 2008 child pornography case. Genson, now 77, told the Chicago Sun-Times Kelly was "guilty as hell" in that case.

Greenberg dismissed the statement Saturday, claiming Genson is days away from dying of cancer and taking "heavy-duty painkillers."

"The attorney denies saying what he was quoted saying," Greenberg said.

Genson could not be reached for comment.

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