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(WGN) -- CHICAGO — Singer R. Kelly was released Saturday from Cook County Jail after paying more than $161,000 in back child support.
Kelly, 52, was taken into custody Wednesday after failing to the pay child support to his ex-wife. The singer during a court appearance earlier this week only had a third of what he owed. A judge refused to let Kelly pay in installments.
It was not immediately clear who posted money on Kelly's behalf Saturday. Cook County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Sophia Ansari said a payment was made Saturday morning.
Kelly is also facing 10 counts of felony aggravated criminal sexual abuse. Cook County prosecutors allege he abused a woman and three girls over the span of 12 years. Kelly met one of the alleged victims at her 16th birthday dinner, prosecutors said. Another, also 16, sought an autograph outside his 2008 trial for child pornography; he was acquitted in that case.
Ed Genson, Kelly's attorney for the 2008 trial, made headlines earlier this week — telling the Chicago Sun-Times that Kelly "was guilty as hell" in 2008.
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.”