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R. Kelly arrested for unpaid child support after interview denying sex charges

08 March 2019

Separately, Kelly was taken into custody Wednesday over failure to pay child support and was jailed, according to the Cook County Sheriff's Office in Chicago.

Kelly was released from jail on February 25 after being indicted by a grand jury on 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse against four alleged victims, Cook Country Sheriff confirmed to PEOPLE. Kelly's former wife married him when she was 15.

The interview with Kelly was first teased Tuesday night and aired in part Wednesday morning. "I'm not really fighting for my career here - I'm fighting for my rights and I'm fighting to have a relationship with my kids, more than anything, because I missed a lot of years of their life. So when I met him, he thought that I was 18", she said. Earlier in the day, "CBS This Morning" aired an interview in which Kelly pleaded with viewers to believe that he'd never had sex with anyone under 17 and never held anyone against her will. "[But] they're pressured [not to see him], and I get it". His defense attorney said at the time that Kelly's finances were "a mess". A female fan ultimately put up the money. He is not without means. She also expressed her disturbance with how Savage and Clary defended Kelly by parroting his denials of the allegations.

"I'm crying because you guys don't know the truth".

King also spoke to two of Kelly's live-in girlfriends, Azriel Clary, 21, and Joycelyn Savage, 23, who both say they are in committed relationships with Kelly.

Clary further alleged that her parents began to threaten her and R. Kelly that they would release naked photos of her if he doesn't send thousands of dollars to a bank account.

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"I'm very exhausted of all of the lies", Kelly said.

A lawyer representing the couple bristled at the allegation, saying Timothy and Jonjelyn Savage never asked for or received money from Kelly.

At one point in the segment, Kelly leapt out of his chair in anger and yelled at the camera, while King sat cool, calm and collected.

Kelly ranted, cried and claimed he was being persecuted in other excerpts of the interview released Wednesday. "The incident allegedly occurred in the city of Detroit when the victim was 13 years old", Craig explains.

Kelly now faces 10 felony counts for sexual crimes that took place between 1998 and 2010 and involved four victims, three of whom were under 17, according to charging documents.

Kelly now faces ten counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse; he was released on bail, but was re-arrested, this time for failing to pay the $161,000 he allegedly owes in child support.

R. Kelly arrested for unpaid child support after interview denying sex charges