Chicago Tribune reporter Megan Crepeau confirmed that Kelly had paid six figures in child support fees and would be released within the hour. A Cook County Sheriff’s Office representative later confirmed that Kelly was no longer in their custody.
Confirmed — R Kelly has paid the six figures in back child support and will be released from custody in the next hour or so. @RosemarySobol1 is keeping an eye on it.
— Megan Crepeau (@crepeau) March 9, 2019
Notably, Kelly did not pay the $161,633 bond himself. The bond slip does not show who posted the bond, and this individual wishes to remain anonymous.
Kelly turned himself in to Chicago authorities on February 22 after being charged with 10 counts of alleged aggravated criminal sexual abuse involving several underage women. He was released three days later upon posting a $100,000 bond, a mere 10% of the $1 million bail set by the judge.
Kelly is scheduled to reappear in court on March 13.