R. Kelly Walks Free Again After Mystery Donor Pays $161K in Child Support

March 11, 2019

R. Kelly was a free man once more on Saturday after a mystery donor paid the $161,000 in back child support he owed ex-wife Drea Kelly. "I promise you, we’re going to straighten all this stuff out,” Kelly told reporters following his release from lockup in Cook County, Illinois, where he'd been detained since Wednesday. “That’s all I can say right now. I promise you.” It was the second time in less than a month that the 52-year-old walked out of the same jail; he was first detained there in February after being charged with 10 counts of aggravated sexual abuse. A daycare owner in suburban Chicago who claimed she met Kelly on a cruise paid his $100,000 bail that time. Meanwhile, TMZ reports that Kelly is changing his story on why he stopped paying child support. Sources now say he was "lashing out" at his ex for allegedly "brainwashing" their three kids against him.