R&B singer R. Kelly has been taken into custody during a hearing in Chicago over unpaid child support.
The 52-year-old left the courtroom with his lawyers on Wednesday through a different door than he had entered. His hands weren’t cuffed.
Cook County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Sophia Ansari says Kelly was taken into custody and will be transferred to the county jail.
She says she doesn’t know the reason he was taken into custody, including whether it had to do with unpaid child support he owes.
David France, manager for Kelly’s ex-wife Andrea Kelly, told the Chicago Sun-Times that the singer hadn’t made a child support payment that was due by late Tuesday.
Kelly attended the child support hearing while out on bail in a criminal case accusing him of sexually abusing four women years ago, including three who were underage at the time.
It comes just hours after the broadcast of an interview on CBS This Morning in which the R&B star cried and ranted about being ‘assassinated’ by allegations of sexual abuse.
Kelly called his accusers liars and alleged that people are after him for his money. He told interviewer Gayle King that he never sexually abused women or controlled their lives.
‘All of them are lying,’ Kelly said in segments of the interview broadcast Wednesday. ‘I have been assassinated.’
At one point during the interview, Kelly angrily stood up and started pacing, his voice breaking as he yelled: ‘I didn’t do this stuff! This is not me!’
‘I’m fighting for my (expletive) life.’
Kelly was charged last month with 10 counts of aggravated sexual abuse but he has denied wrongdoing and pleaded not guilty.