UPDATE: R. Kelly was freed from jail on Saturday, March 9, after posting a $161,663 bond after being arrested earlier in the day for failing to pay that sum in back child support to his ex-wife.
A spokeswoman for the Cook County Sheriff's Department said the money was posted Saturday morning, but she did not know by whom, multiple reports said.
Both Kelly and his lawyer talked to reporters outside of the jail. The attorney said the singer is "innocent," adding, "The presumption is that he's innocent. As he stood here before you today. he's an innocent man and people should just understand that."
R. Kelly is heading back behind bars after failing to pay more than $161,000 in back child support, an ongoing legal issue unrelated to his highly publicized sexual abuse charges.
Last month, a Chicago judge issued an order that would send the 52-year-old "I Believe I Can Fly" singer to jail if he doesn't pay $161,663 he owes his ex-wife Andrea "Drea" Kelly, with whom he shares three children, including one minor, by 10 a.m. on Wednesday, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. Her manager told the newspaper that Kelly had stopped making required $20,000 monthly child support payments last spring.
The singer, whose real name is Robert Kelly, appeared at a hearing about the case on Wednesday afternoon and was then taken into police custody, E! News has confirmed. A spokesperson for the Cook County Sheriff's Office said Kelly is set to be transferred to jail, and must pay the $161,633 to be released. His next court date on the child support case is on March 13.