According to former R & B legend, R. Kelly, he didn’t have any money to his name when first charged by the police last month. The music icon stated he was in the middle of transferring the last of his $350,000 from his bank account two weeks ago around the same time when he was jailed on the 22nd of February on 10 counts of sexual abuse.
During an interview with Gayle King on CBS News, the star said he wasn’t able to come up with the $100,000 needed to secure his $1,000,000 bail because the money in his account hadn’t transferred yet.
Luckily for him, Kelly, 52-years-old, said that a friend covered for him. Apparently, many people have had access to his Bank Of America account over the years. In reference to his finances, the star said he “didn’t know what the h*ll was going on,” to Gayle King.
According to the longtime R & B star, the reason why he didn’t have as much money throughout his career relates to his own wrong-doing and ignorance, notably, not having the publishing rights to his money, one of the most important rights for an artist to make money.
Kelly was arrested just several hours after his interview with the reporter because he failed to pay child support. He wasn’t able to pay the $161,000 requested from his ex-wife.
Speaking with King, Mr. Kelly said that he wasn’t able to pay the money because his ex-wife is one of the women who has been accusing him of nefarious and egregious crimes. If his ex-wife is “trying to ruin his name,” he has no means of even paying her back.
R. Kelly said all of the claims made in the documentary are a lie, and never at any time were there police at his house due to calls of a domestic disturbance.
The interview with R. Kelly quickly turned emotional; the star said he never did any of the things claimed in the Lifetime docu-series, Surviving R. Kelly, including “hog-tying” a woman. The “I Believe I Can Fly” artist said he doesn’t even know how to do that, to begin with.