R. Kelly taken into custody over unpaid child support

Image: Grammy-winning R&B star R. Kelly arrives for a child support hearing
R. Kelly arrives for a child support hearing at a Cook County courthouse in Chicago on March 6, 2019. Copyright Kamil Krzaczynski Reuters
By Doha Madani with NBC News U.S. News
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Kelly had been out on bail in a criminal case over charges of aggravated sexual abuse.


Singer R. Kelly was taken into custody Wednesday following a child support custody hearing in Chicago, according to authorities.

Kelly, who is currently out on bail in a criminal case accusing him of aggravated sexual abuse was in court Wednesday over $161,663 in child support dues. He left the hearing escorted by the Cook County Sheriff's office and was transported to a county jail.

Kelly, whose real name is Robert Kelly, has faced sexual misconduct allegations before. He was criminally accused of sexual misconduct in 2002, eventually tried on child pornography charges in the same case and cleared by a jury in 2008 on all counts.

Kelly entered a not guilty plea in the sexual abuse case and has denied all allegations against him.

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