R. Kelly's court fight over child support shrouded in secrecy

Megan Crepeau, Chicago Tribune on

Published in Entertainment News

However, Kelly and his ex-wife have both recently spoken out about the dispute over child support

Andrea Kelly has alleged the singer abused her emotionally and physically during their marriage. Some of her most recent allegations came in the Lifetime documentary series, "Surviving R. Kelly," which aired in January before the most recent court proceedings.

"I'm in foreclosure court on my house. Why? Robert stopped paying child support as a way to punish me," she said in the documentary. "So people think that I'm living this great lavish life, but they don't understand."

And in an interview that aired last week on "CBS This Morning," Kelly blamed his ex-wife's public accusations for making it impossible for him to perform or make money.

"How can I pay child support? 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?" he told Gayle King.

During Wednesday's closed-door hearing, R. Kelly's publicist, Darryll Johnson, told reporters in the hallway that Kelly is seeking to have his child support payments reduced.

"He can't work," Johnson said. "All these accusations and lies, he can't work."


With both Kelly and his ex-wife speaking out publicly, Vogus said, it makes no sense to keep the court fight under wraps.

"The cat's out of the bag, the genie's out of the bottle," she said.

(Chicago Tribune's Rosemary Sobol contributed.)

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