R. Kelly is up against the wall, as he faces a fast-approaching deadline to pay over $161,633 in overdue child support payments. As the record states, the singer has up until 10 AM Central Time (literally minutes away) to post the bounty or face imminent jail time.

The question of child support was expertly dodged during his publicized interview with Gayle King, yesterday on CBS This Morning. Those who watched the segment in all its exaggerated fervor can attest to the improbable where R. Kelly professes: wanting to patch things up with his estranged children, all of whom fall under the custodial care of his ex Drea Kelly.

You might recall, Drea's frostbitten testimony laying much of the groundwork for Lifetime's Surviving R. Kelly documentary.

Despite R. Kelly's thunderous plea, on and offstage, Kelly has little choice but to fork over the $161,633 tariff consigned to him by a designated authority. As TMZ points out, R. Kelly could face an additional $20,000 tariff, if he doesn't produce the bounty in a timely manner, as stipulated by the District Attorney's office.

$161,633 tariff is but the minimum payment due to an estimated $200,000 tally. R. Kelly's attorney has gone AWOL since the story first surfaced, because as Michael Avenatti would have it, his lawyer Steven Greenberg may very well be "in over his head" in legal dung, for lack of better expression.