CHICAGO — R. Kelly’s publicist on Friday said the R&B singer could be released from Cook County Jail soon.
Kelly, 52, was behind bars for the third day Friday after failing to pay more than $160,000 in child support to his ex-wife. The singer during a court appearance Wednesday only had a third of what he owes. A judge refused to let Kelly pay the child support in installments.
Kelly is also facing 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse. Cook County prosecutors allege he abused a woman and three girls over the span of 12 years.
Publicist Darnell Johnson told reporters outside the jail at 27th Street and California Avenue that Kelly could be released Friday — but Johnson wasn’t sure where Kelly was getting the money.
“He’s in good spirits,” Johnson said. “He’s excited about getting out, coming home.”
Ed Genson, the defense attorney who in 2008 helped Kelly get acquitted in a child pornography case, told the Chicago Sun-Times this week that Kelly “was guilty as hell” in that case.
Genson, 77, told the newspaper he arranged for Kelly to get shots of libido-killing drugs to keep the singer from getting into further trouble.
“He was guilty as hell!” Genson said. “I don’t think he’s done anything inappropriate for years. I’ll tell you a secret: I had him go to a doctor to get shots, libido-killing shots. That’s why he didn’t get arrested for anything else.”
On Thursday, two women whose families said they are being controlled by Kelly spoke out in his defense in an interview with CBS. The women identified themselves as Kelly’s girlfriends.
Johnson addressed reports that Kelly sat in on the interview and tried to interrupt a number of times.
“I’m not here to reject Gayle King’s story,” Johnson said. “Gayle probably [could] have seen something that I didn’t see. I didn’t see it. I was standing in the same room she was in. I was standing right behind Gayle.”
On Friday, the father of Kelly’s girlfriend Azriel Clary said Kelly was present on purpose.
“Why would he have been in the room and stopped the interview three times … ? He was in the room to intimidate them. It’s a shame what’s going on and a disgrace.”
In the CBS interview, the women said they’re happy. Clary said her parents encouraged her to take sexual videos with Kelly.
“They said if they ever have to blackmail him, which they are trying to do now, they can use it against him,” Clary said.
Her father pointed to the emotional King interview as proof his daughter isn’t telling the truth and has been brainwashed. He said there was never an attempt to blackmail the R&B singer.