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Illinois Police Say R. Kelly To Be Jailed Until He Coughs Up $161K For Child Support

Sheriff's office spokeswoman Sophia Ansari says R. Kelly was taken into custody Wednesday during a hearing regarding child support.

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R. Kelly Indicted on Charges of Sexual Abuse

Singer R. Kelly was charged in a grand jury indictment with 10 counts of aggravated sexual abuse and has turned himself into authorities.The charges stem from his alleged abuse of four victims, three of whom were minors.

A Cook County Sheriff's Office official says singer R. Kelly won't be released from jail until he pays $161,000 in back child support he owes.

Sheriff's office spokeswoman Sophia Ansari says Kelly was taken into custody Wednesday during a hearing over the child support and that his next hearing is scheduled for next Wednesday.

Kelly's publicist, Darryll Johnson, says Kelly came to the hearing prepared to pay $50,000 to $60,000, but the judge wanted the whole amount. He says Kelly didn't have the whole amount because he hasn't been able to work.

Kelly was charged last month with 10 counts of aggravated sexual abuse involving four women, including three who were underage at the time the abuse is alleged to have occurred. He spent a weekend in jail before someone posted his $100,000 bail, and his defense attorney said at the time that Kelly's finances were "a mess."

Kelly has denied any wrongdoing and says his accusers are lying.

Meanwhile, "CBS This Morning" on Wednesday broadcast Kelly's first interview since he was charged. Kelly says "all of them are lying."

The R&B singer says he's done "lots of things wrong" when it comes to women, but he says he's apologized. He denies doing anything against their will.

The singer believes social media is to blame for creating the allegations against him.

At one point during the interview, Kelly stands up and rants, saying: "I have been buried alive, but I'm alive." He says he needs someone to help him "not have a big heart.

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