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R. Kelly Spent 3-Nights In Jail Then Went To McDonald's

By Mieka Strawhorn | News | February 26, 2019 |

By Mieka Strawhorn | News | February 26, 2019 |


I’ve seldom tasted a schadenfreude as sweet and refreshing as the current wellspring of R. Kelly schadenfreude that’s been bubbling out of the Cook County Jail like manna from heaven these past few days. As you probably know, Robert Sylvester Kelly was indicted last week and charged with 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse. He turned himself in last Friday night, and his bail was set at $1 million. The charges are as follows (via Chicago Sun Times):

Kelly was charged Friday in four separate cases of sexual abuse, involving four different victims in incidents from 1998 to 2010. Three of the alleged victims were between the ages of 14 and 16 at the time the abuse occurred. Prosecutors have said they obtained a video of Kelly having sex with a 14-year-old girl at Kelly’s Olympia Fields home, filmed some time between 1998 and 2001.

That video evidence was furnished by none other than Michael Avenatti, who I’m sure was not NOT attracted to the spotlight Dream Hampton’s Surviving R. Kelly documentary, and the #Mute R. Kelly movement (which was founded by Kenyette Barnes and Oronike Odeleye in 2017) have trained on Robert. But according to a statement he released on Twitter, Michael’s been representing a number of Kelly accusers since April of last year. And he says that he’s turned over an even more incriminating tape, and a third may not be far behind. Plus there’s this.

Gloria Allred also represents several clients who claim they were abused by Robert. That’s some serious firepower. Robert’s attorney Steve Greenberg is, hopefully, inexpensive. Robert is in deep, deep shit, financially.

Robert had to come up with $100,000 to post bail (that’s 10 percent of the full amount) but was unable, and had to spend three days in Cook County Jail before a friend finally managed to come up with the cash (a woman who reportedly owns several Chicago restaurants and a Christian daycare center). Last month, Robert was served with an eviction notice on his Chicago studio where he was probably living. CNN reports that he owes “more than $166,000 in unpaid rent” there. He also owes $31,000 in unpaid rent on two properties he rented near Atlanta. But those debts are peanuts compared to the months and months of unpaid child support he owes his ex-wife Drea Kelly. According to People:

The court ordered Kelly to make a monthly payment of $20,833 on January 8, 2009, but Kelly did not show up to that hearing, according to CNN. Additionally, a judge ordered he pay $161,663 by March 6 in order to avoid being held in contempt of court.

If he’s found in contempt, he could be heading right back to jail, although it seems that is unlikely. I don’t know what R. Kelly’s doing right now or who’s couch he’s sleeping on, but he remains defiant as always. Yesterday, as soon as he was released, he and his ever-dwindling entourage headed straight to McDonald’s. But not just any McDonald’s, he went to the same exact McDonald’s he allegedly used to use as his home base for picking up high school chicks back in the day (via COS):

It’s the very same McDonald’s where Kelly allegedly picked up a high school girl on her prom night in 1998. According to a lawsuit later settled out of court, Kelly impregnated the girl and then forced her to have an abortion.

Here’s his hero’s welcome.

Avenatti thinks Robert’s lame McDonald’s stunt might have been a big mistake. One of the conditions of his parole is that he’s not allowed to have any contact with minors. Apparently, he greeted some fans/attention seekers and signed a few autographs.

Maybe he should have had shorty with the Dooneece-do checking IDs.


Avenatti’s such a blowhard it’s hard to know if this could actually become an issue, but it sure would be fitting if it did.

I know Robert thinks he’s invincible. And he thinks that the people of Chicago and his fans will love him forever. Despite his mounting legal troubles and national tide-change in our tolerance for whatever criminal behavior rich and famous men have heretofore been allowed to conduct unfettered, he thinks he can remain free and unburdened from consequences of what he’s allegedly done to scores of young women and girls over the past 25-odd years. But he’s wrong. He’s so, so wrong. It’s time for the self-proclaimed “Pied Piper of R&B” to pay the fucking piper. Sure, he’ll always have a few ride or die fans who’ll write him letters while he rots in prison (fingers and toes crossed!), but he’s illiterate and he won’t be able to read them.

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Mieka is a staff contributor. You can follow her on Twitter.

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