The Latest: R Kelly says ex-wife destroyed his name, income

1 year 7 months 3 weeks ago Thursday, March 07 2019 Mar 7, 2019 March 07, 2019 6:05 AM March 07, 2019 in News - AP National

CHICAGO (AP) - The Latest on the sexual abuse case against R&B singer R. Kelly (all times local):

6:50 a.m.

R&B star R. Kelly blames his ex-wife for "destroying" his name and says others have stolen from his bank account.

"CBS This Morning" aired the second installment of its interview with the embattled singer Thursday. Kelly is facing sexual abuse charges in Chicago and a judge sent Kelly to jail on Wednesday after he said he couldn't afford to pay $161,000 in back child support.

In the TV interview, Kelly asks: "How can I pay child support if my ex-wife is destroying my name and I can't work?" Kelly shouted and cried about his financial situation and his relationship with his three children.

He says his wife was lying when she alleged he had abused her. Kelly says he has "zero" relationship with his children, but says he knows they love him

Kelly also says other people have rifled his bank account.


12 a.m.

R. Kelly remains in a Chicago jail as more of his nationally televised interview is set to air.

The R&B singer was taken into custody Wednesday after telling a judge he could not pay $161,000 in back child support. Earlier in the day, "CBS This Morning" aired an interview in which Kelly pleaded with viewers to believe that he'd never had sex with anyone under 17 and never held anyone against her will.

More of the interview is expected to air Thursday.

The interview was his first public defense since being charged with sexually abusing three girls and a woman.

Experts say the TV appearance was risky and could backfire if it gives prosecutors more information to use against him at trial.

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