(AllHipHop News) R. Kelly has dodged another stint behind bars after handing over a $62,000 check to his ex-wife for overdue child support payments.
R. Kelly spent three days behind bars in Chicago, Illinois in March after skipping a court deadline to settle his debts with Andrea Kelly, who claimed she was owed more than $160,000 to help care for their three children.
He was only released from jail after an anonymous donor paid off his debt, but he risked the wrath of prosecutors again in April, after failing to keep up with his last two months of child support payments.
Kelly returned to court on today for another hearing in the case, and surprised his ex by handing over enough funds to cover March, April, and May, helping him to avoid another possible jail stay.
However, the singer’s slate has yet to be wiped completely clean – he was informed there was still an outstanding $32,000 bill for interest.
Andrea, aka Drea, also filed a new request seeking additional money to cover schooling expenses for their 21-year-old daughter Joann, who goes by the name Buku Abi.
Kelly’s lawyers have responded by asking for proof of enrollment in a higher education course.
The musician is still fighting to have his monthly child support payments lowered, insisting he can no longer afford the $21,000 he previously agreed to in the former couple’s 2009 divorce due to a lack of work as he faces 10 felony counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse.
"He's doing everything he can. He's in a situation right now where it's difficult to make any money. he's doing everything he can," Lisa Damico, R. Kelly's attorney said. "So when money comes in, he's gonna take care of his kids."