Washington, DC – Singer R. Kelly, who is currently facing a judicial process accused of child abuse, was incarcerated today for a debt of 161,000 dollars derived from the non-payment of the maintenance of one of his three children, local media reported. .
The artist is currently in custody, waiting to be transferred to a prison in Cook County, where he must remain, at least, until the next hearing on the case, next March 13, according to the USA Today newspaper, which cites sources from the sheriff’s office.
In the state of Illinois, an amount in excess of $ 20,000 in living expenses for a child is a crime punishable by imprisonment.
It turns out that Kelly, 52, was currently on bail for the allegations of sexual harassment filed by three alleged victims who accuse the artist of a total of ten charges.
If convicted, R. Kelly could be sentenced to three to seven years in prison for each of the charges.
The singer has defended at all times his innocence, however, on February 25 the prosecution handed the judge a videotape in which allegedly appears Kelly having sex with one of the victims when he was underage.
In the past weeks, his case gained notoriety due to the broadcast of a television documentary series that has led the authorities to become interested in these crimes again.
“Surviving R. Kelly” is the title of the six-episode documentary that the Lifetime channel aired in January about this R & B artist who achieved fame in the 1990s.
A few hours before being arrested today, Kelly gave an interview to the CBS network in which he again rejected the accusations and criticized the documentary for offering a biased view of the facts.
“If you watch the documentary – what I’m sure you’ve done – everyone says something bad about me, nobody says anything good, they paint me like Lucifer, I’m not Lucifer, I’m a man, I make mistakes, but I’m not a demon and, in no case, I am a monster, “said the singer. (EFEUSA)