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R. Kelly back in custody for failing to pay child support

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The news comes one day after the R&B superstar denied all allegations of sexual assault against him in an emotional TV interview.

R&B superstar R. Kelly was taken into custody on Wednesday for failing to pay child support, just weeks after he was briefly detained on sex abuse charges.

"He was taken into custody and he will be transported to Cook County jail later today," Sophia Ansari of the local sheriff's office said following a court hearing in Chicago.

Ms Ansari said Kelly owes $161,000, and is required to pay the full amount, with the next court date in the case set for March 13.

R Kelly arrives at the Daley Center for his hearing on child support.
R. Kelly arrives at the Daley Center for his hearing on child support.
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Kelly, whose full name is Robert Sylvester Kelly, pleaded not guilty on February 25 to 10 counts of aggravated criminal sex abuse against four victims, three of them minors. He was freed on $100,000 bail the same day, after spending three nights in jail.

The news comes a day after the R&B superstar denied all allegations of sexual assault against him in an emotional interview on CBS This Morning.

"I didn't do this stuff. This not me," he said. "Whether they're old rumours, new rumours, future rumours, not true," he said becoming emotional during the interview.

The sex acts are alleged to have occurred between May 1998 and January 2010, according to prosecutors.

Kelly also addressed a report by BuzzFeed in 2017 that said he had kept women as virtual sex slaves at homes he owns in Chicago and Atlanta.

The star denied ever holding anyone against their will.

"I don't need to. Why would I? How stupid would it be for R. Kelly, with all I've been through in my way, way past, to hold somebody," he asked.

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