E. Jason Wambsgans-Pool/Getty ImagesR. Kelly has avoided further potential legal trouble, after appearing in court for a child support hearing.
Wednesday, the embattled singer handed over a cashier’s check for more than $62 grand to cover back child support for March, April and May. Kelly’s attorney, Steve Greenberg, claims the R&B crooner also has funds to cover payment for the months of June and July, but that exchange was not made in court.
But Kelly’s ex-wife Drea Kelly is also seeking an additional $32,000 in back child support, left over from the $161,000 total the judge ordered him to pay in March. The judge instructed Drea’s attorney to file for that payment to be paid by Kelly.
According to the singer’s estranged wife, Kelly’s lack of financial support has forced their 22-year-old daughter, J.K., to drop out of college. Kelly’s legal obligation for payment is through their daughter’s 23rd birthday. Drea, however, wants that extended to J.K.’s 24th birthday.
The judge also agreed to vacate a judge’s order sealing the case, per a media request.
In addition, Cook County Judge Moira Johnson, who ordered a default judgment against Kelly after the singer failed to respond to a lawsuit filed by one of his alleged sexual assault victims, now says the suit can proceed.
Judge Johnson reinstated the lawsuit after Kelly’s attorneys said the singer didn’t respond to the complaint because, due to his illiteracy, he didn’t understand the documents with which he was served.
The lawsuit was filed by a woman identified as “H.W.,” one of the four women who Kelly is charged with sexually abusing. She contends she began a sexual relationship with Kelly in 1998 when she was 16.