R. Kelly was thrown into a cell after he failed to pay his ex-wife, Drea Kelly the $161,000 he owed her in child support. The "Ignition" singer pleaded with a judge to get the payment lowered, but his efforts didn't pull through. R. Kelly even revealed how much he had in his bank account, that was only $350K from the previous $150 million he was once worth. 

"How can I pay child support?" asked R. Kelly during his dramatic interview with Gayle King. "How? If my ex-wife is destroying my name and I can’t work. How can I work? How can I get paid? How can I take care of my kids? How?"

TMZ now reports that Kelly has been released from jail after pulling some strings from a "benefactor" to round up the $160K for his ex-wife. The publication details how he was released this morning from Cook County Jail.


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According to Drea, the payments were held back as a way to control her after she spoke out about his abusive behavior. Sometimes Kelly would only make partial payments, sometimes full payments but mostly he wouldn't send over any money at all.