R. Kelly Has Left Jail After Posting Bail, Saying, ‘We’re Going to Straighten All This Stuff Out’
R. Kelly, the singer facing multiple legal cases including charges of sexually abusing teens, bailed out of Chicago’s Cook County Jail for the second time in less than a month late Saturday morning and made a brief statement about his intent to rise above his legal troubles.
“I promise you, we’re going to straighten all this stuff out,” Kelly, 52, told reporters outside the jail after he walked out. “That’s all I can say right now. I promise you.”
Kelly, wearing a red jacket and a gray hoodie, then got into a vehicle that drove him away.
Kelly’s most recent jailing, on Wednesday, related to what authorities said was failure to pay his ex-wife child support of $161,000.
But the most serious case against him is a February indictment by a Cook County grand jury on 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse involving four alleged victims. The crime is a Class 2 felony.
After Kelly departed Saturday, his attorney, Steve Greenberg, who walked out with him, decried news coverage of his client and what he called “the pitchfork justice that’s going on around here.”
“It’s open season on R. Kelly,” Greenberg told reporters gathered outside the jail.
The indictment accuses Kelly of sexual acts with three children older than 13 but younger than 17; there is no age range listed for one alleged victim. The singer has pleaded not guilty.
Greenberg said Saturday that prosecutors had yet to show him “one single piece of evidence.”
“We haven’t seen an interview. We haven’t seen a police report. We haven’t seen a videotape,” Greenberg said. “When we get those things, we’re going to fight this case like we fight any other case: in the courtroom, based on the evidence.”
Kelly has consistently denied any allegations of abusing of women or being sexually involved with underage girls.
Judge has issued a gag order in the child support case, attorney says
Kelly’s release from jail was his second in 13 days.
In the child support case, he was arrested Wednesday and initially ordered to post the full amount that he’s accused of owing his ex-wife to be freed.
Greenberg declined to say how much Kelly posted Saturday to walk out of jail.
“As far as the child support matter, what was posted, the judge has entered a gag order, so we can’t really talk about that,” Greenberg said.
In the case of alleged sexual abuse, Kelly was jailed on February 22 and released three days later after posting $100,000 bail.