Disgraced singer R. Kelly is in a “mental downward spiral” after being shipped back to the Cook County Jail in Illinois for failing to pay nearly $200k in back child support — and sources in his entourage tell RadarOnline.com exclusively that the shamed rapper is “suicidal.”
“He was told not to go on television by his lawyers but he ignored the advice,” the insider told Radar of his explosive CBS interview that aired on March 6.
“We are dealing with a man who believes he lost everything. He’s suicidal. I don’t know how much more he can or will take.”
Local authorities confirmed the star is under close watch amid his major legal and financial woes.
“He’s on 24-hour observation,” Sophia Ansari, spokesperson for the Cook County Sheriff’s Office, told Radar.
As Radar reported, Kelly was thrown in jail on March 13.
“Petitioner was found to be in direct civil contempt of court for willful failure to obey the court’s order,” sealed documents read. “He shall not be released until cash bond is posted in the amount of $161,663.”
However, the judge noted that Kelly, 52, “shall be allowed to make reasonable phone calls” to beg friends for a bailout.
The documents disclose that the shamed star intends to file a motion to lower the amount he owes his ex-wife, Andrea Kelly, by March 11. She then has two days to respond. His next court appearance is March 13.
The disgraced entertainer also filed a motion to vacate the case in its entirety. Andrea has 21 days to respond to that motion.
Kelly’s spokesman Darryl Johnson said that the rapper walked into the courthouse with $60,000 to put towards the debt.
“He can’t pay. He hasn’t worked in a long time,” Johnson said. “He just didn’t have the money.”
“He doesn’t have a single dollar to his name right now,” an insider said. “Zero. Why in the world would a superstar choose to eat at McDonald's right after being released from jail?”
Radar readers were among the first to learn that the "I Believe I Can Fly" star returned to Cook County Jail for the second time in two weeks.
“His financial situation is probably a new low for any celebrity,” a friend of Kelly’s told Radar, noting that he still plans on suing the people behind Surviving R. Kelly, the six-part special that aired on Lifetime earlier this year.
After the shocking documentary, new sexual abuse of minor accusations have surrounded the singer, who was acquitted of child pornography charges over a decade ago.
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