R. Kelly Fans Pay $100 Each to Watch 28-Second Club Performance in Illinois

April 9, 2019

R. Kelly gave his first post-jail performance at a club in Springfield, Illinois, this past weekend, but it was over in less time than it takes to say "first post-jail performance." The AP reports that "fans who shelled out $50 to $100 tickets got only a 28-second performance, followed by a half-hour meet-and-greet." CNN added, "Kelly reportedly arrived around 1:30 a.m. [and> spent a little over half an hour taking selfies, chatting, dancing and smoking cigars with those who had gathered to see him. He then grabbed a microphone, thanked his supporters and sang 28 seconds of one of his songs before the venue closed at 3 a.m." Hours before his appearance at the Dirty South Lounge, the 52-year-old Kelly said in an Instagram video, "This is how I got to get paid now, for right now." He also asked the media to "take it easy on me." Earlier this year, Kelly was charged in Cook County, Illinois, with 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse.