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Friday 18 October 2019

R Kelly breaks down in tears during angry interview on sex abuse claims

Arrested: Grammy-winning R&B star R Kelly (centre) arrives for his child support hearing at a Cook County courthouse in Chicago. Photo: REUTERS/Kamil Krzaczynski
Arrested: Grammy-winning R&B star R Kelly (centre) arrives for his child support hearing at a Cook County courthouse in Chicago. Photo: REUTERS/Kamil Krzaczynski

Suzannah Gonzales

R&B singer R Kelly was arrested for a second time in recent weeks yesterday - this time for failure to pay child support - hours after lashing out in a television interview against charges that he had sexually assaulted teenage girls.

Kelly was taken into custody in Chicago for owing more than $161,000 (€142,310) in child support to his three children with ex-wife Andrea Kelly.

The singer must pay the full amount to get out of jail, Cook County Sheriff's spokesman Sam Randall said, following a court hearing over yesterday's deadline for the money to be paid.

Kelly's attorney did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Andrea Kelly was not at the hearing and her attorney declined to comment. Kelly's next hearing in the child support case is on March 13 and his next court date on the sex abuse charges is March 22.

Kelly (52) pleaded not guilty in February to charges that he sexually assaulted three teenage girls and a fourth woman. The charges were brought after seven women including his ex-wife, appeared on a Lifetime television documentary and accused him of emotional and sexual abuse.

He spent a weekend in jail on the sex charges before being released on $100,000 (€88,387)bail on February 25.

Yesterday's arrest came hours after CBS television aired parts of Kelly's first interview since being charged, in which the singer tearfully and angrily rejected allegations that he had sex with underage girls.

"I have been assassinated. I have been buried alive," added the 'I Believe I Can Fly' singer.

At one point Kelly jumped to his feet and shouted to the camera, pounding his breast.

"Quit playing! I didn't do this stuff! This is not me! I'm fighting for my f**king life!" he said, before being calmed down by an aide. In a separate interview, two women who live with Kelly - Azriel Clary and Jocelyn Savage - rejected allegations that they are being controlled by the musician.

Asked about their relationship with Kelly, Azriel Clary (21) sobbed in a CBS television interview due to be aired on today.

"I'm crying because you guys don't know the truth," Clary said, according to an excerpt of the interview released yesterday.

"You guys are believing some f**king façade that our parents are saying. These are all f**king lies for money," she added, as Savage (23) rubbed her back to comfort her.

In the interview broadcast yesterday, Kelly accused Savage's parents of "selling" their daughter to him, a claim which they later denied.

Irish Independent

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