Wednesday's hearing on the child support payments was sealed to the public, but Kelly's attorneys confirmed afterward that there would be no change in those payments, and the next hearing has been scheduled for May 8.
- Megan Hickey (@MeganHickeyTV) March 13, 2019Sources close to R. Kelly tell us the singer was absolutely lashing out at Drea Kelly when he quit writing child support checks ... a move that ultimately landed him in Cook County jail. Back in January, before the release of Surviving R. Kelly, Kelly's early alleged victim Lizzette Martinez told People the 52-year-old singer had a suicide pact with the women living "in his house".
"I take full responsibility".
Speaking to Gayle King on American broadcaster CBS News, Angelo Clary, father of Azriel Clary, said: "I feel like I failed my daughter because I should have saw different signs". Kelly was supposed to be paying Drea $20,833 per month as of January 2009 - but he fell way off schedule previous year. "I've heard all kinds of stuff".
Their lawyer Michael Avenatti explained to King how he believes Kelly managed to allegedly trick parents, by surrounding himself with yes men who pretended to be attached to the music label to create the illusion of safety, but who in reality were enablers loyal to Kelly alone. "I am fighting for my f***ing life!"
He said the women accusing him were all lying. Kelly at times cried, yelled and leaped up from his chair during the interview.
He reportedly stopped make making child support payments last spring.
"If you can't play a show, if you can't go out on tour, if they're not streaming your music anymore, obviously you're going to have financial problems".
Publicist Darryll Johnson said Wednesday that Kelly's friends and family put up the money. Johnson said Kelly doesn't own his condo in Chicago's Trump Tower and paid rent in advance several years ago. "Sadly, like so many girls before them, Azriel and Joycelyn Savage have been manipulated and convinced by Kelly to lie to protect him from serious criminal charges". (Chicago CBS Local)R. Kelly child support case continued to a hearing date in May.