The popular R&B icon is in a lot of trouble. He spent three days in jail after surrendering to authorities when he was charged with at least ten counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse. It seemed R. Kelly would have trouble making bail, but eventually a “friend” stepped forward with $100,000 to pay the typical rate of ten percent of bond, which was set at $1 million. Before his release, he pleaded not guilty to each of the charges.
No “good deed” goes unpunished, however. The woman who paid his bail received a number of bomb threats at the daycare where she works. The local bomb squad cleared the building without incident, and no one has since been arrested for the scare. When the star was screening Surviving R. Kelly months ago, a gun threat was called into the building. Subsequently, his ex-wife claimed R. Kelly was likely behind it.
The charges stem from routine sexual abuse and sexual assault. At least three of the four victims were underage at the time of the abuse.
Based on his success, one would think R. Kelly isn’t having money troubles. Turns out that’s not the case, as he’s also struggling with child support and overdue rent. Kelly’s attorney, Steve Greenberg, chalked the financial woes up to “mismanagement” and “bad deals.”
Maybe it’s time to downsize?
He owes at least $169,000 in unpaid child support, which seems to represent a pattern of financial irresponsibility. In 2009 he skipped out on a court hearing after which he was ordered to pay $20,833 on a monthly basis. The judge also demanded that he pay $161,663 within a couple of months or be held in contempt of court, but it didn’t play a role in his making bail this time around. Greenberg asked the judge whether or not he would have to pay owed child support before his release, and the judge allowed him to go free without paying up.
On top of all that, he owes at least $166,000 in back rent. Too little too late, though, because another judge signed an eviction order back in January. So far he has failed to meet the eviction deadline of January 21.
This was in response to a number of other allegations, one of which was that the studio needed to be shut down because it posed a fire hazard. A judge also previously ordered he acknowledge quiet hours between 9 p.m. and 9 a.m., which his lawyer is fighting.