Chicago — The singer known as R. Kelly spent much of Wednesday in court, with his lawyer explaining to one judge that their client didn’t respond to a lawsuit brought by one of his sexual abuse accusers because he is illiterate. Kelly also paid $62,000 in back child support during a second hearing.
In an emotionally charged interview with “CBS This Morning” co-host Gayle King in March, Kelly said he was unable to make bail because he was unable to access his bank account. He said he had around $350,000 in his bank account and had been financially struggling.
Kelly’s bookings for performances began drying up following the airing of the television documentary “Surviving R. Kelly,” which recounted multiple women’s claims of abuse. That was weeks before his February arrest on charges accusing him of sexually abusing a woman and three girls over roughly a 10-year period starting in the late 1990s.
In his interview with King, Kelly denied the sexual abuse allegations along with claims that he had beaten, starved and held women against their will.