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R. Kelly arrested again

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R&B SINGER R. Kelly was arrested for a second time in recent weeks on Wednesday — this time for failure to pay child support — hours after lashing out in a TV interview against charges that he had sexually assaulted teenage girls. Singer Robert Kelly, known as R. Kelly, was taken into custody in Chicago for owing more than $161,000 in child support to his three children with ex-wife Andrea Kelly. The singer must pay the full amount to get out of jail, Cook County Sheriff’s spokesman Sam Randall said, following a court hearing over a Wednesday deadline for the money to be paid. Kelly’s attorney did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Kelly, 52, pleaded not guilty in February to charges that he sexually assaulted three teenage girls and a fourth woman. The charges were brought after seven women including his ex-wife, appeared on a Lifetime TV documentary and accused him of emotional and sexual abuse. He spent a weekend in jail on the sex charges before being released on $100,000 bail on Feb. 25. Wednesday’s arrest came hours after CBS TV aired parts of Kelly’s first interview since being charged, in which the singer tearfully and angrily rejected allegations that he had sex with underage girls. — Reuters

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