R. Kelly back to jail hours after explosive TV interview

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Musician R. Kelly arrives at the Daley Center for a hearing in his child support case at the Daley Center, Wednesday, March 6, 2019, in Chicago. Kelly was charged last month with sexually abusing four females dating back to 1998, including three underage girls. He’s pleaded not guilty. (Ashlee Rezin/Chicago Sun-Times via AP)

Embattled R & B star R. Kelly is back behind bars over unpaid child support.

Authorities say he was taken into custody Wednesday less than 12 hours after an emotional interview with “CBS This Morning.” 

It’s the latest legal problem for Kelly, who is also charged with sexually abusing four females — three underaged — dating back to 1998.

The Grammy winner has vehemently denied the allegations.

“I gave y’all 30 years of my (expletive) career,” Kelly shouted in the interview. “30 years of my career, and y’all trying to kill me!”

“Surviving R. Kelly,” a recent docu-series on Lifetime has shed a new, bright spotlight on the accusations of misconduct that have swirled the singer for years.

“You’re saying everything they said in that documentary about you is not true?” asked CBS News’ Gayle King.

“They are lying on me,” Kelly said.

Family members of Joycelyn Savage, 23, said the interview was “disturbing” to watch.

Savage’s family says Kelly is controlling their estranged daughter and has not allowed her to contact them in two years.

On Wednesday, she called her family telling them she’s happy — but little else.

“I have told you guys a million, million times that I am okay where I am and I’m happy. So I just really want to let you know that,” Savage said.

When her mother asked why she hasn’t called in so long, Savage continued to just say she’s happy.

“You have never held anybody against their will?” King asked in the interview.

“I don’t need to. Why would I?” Kelly answered. “How stupid would it be for R.Kelly, with all I’ve been through in my way, to hold somebody, let alone 4, 5, 6, 50 you said, how stupid would I be to do that?”

Meanwhile, Kelly remains behind bars in Cook County, Chicago. A spokesperson for the sheriff’s office says he won’t be released until he pays $161,000 in back child support he owes.

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