R. Kelly could be going to jail, but not for what you think. The crooner has fallen behind on his child support payments and he could face jail time if he doesn’t show up in court in March.
Reports the New York Post:
Kelly — whose latest album, “Black Panties,” debuted at No. 4 on the Billboard 200 in December as his biggest since 2009 — is accused in court papers filed Thursday by his ex-wife Andrea Kelly of failing to pay $20,833 a month in child support he owes. The claim comes after he reportedly fell behind more than $100,000 in payments last year, but then paid the debt off.
Kelly’s trouble doesn’t end there: One of his attorneys has told Kelly’s camp that if the singer doesn’t appear at a March 27 hearing in his child- custody battle in Chicago, a judge could give him 30 days to six months behind bars because Kelly didn’t show up at a November hearing.
“The judge was clear in November that he wasn’t happy R. Kelly didn’t show up,” said a source. “His lawyer [James Quigley] is worried the judge could lock Kelly up if he doesn’t show this time, but he can’t reach his client.”
The irony here, of course, is that R. Kelly has been accused of having inappropriate relationships with multiple underaged women, and he damn sure hasn’t done any time over that.
Are you still playing his music, though?