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A Chicago judge has denied R. Kelly‘s request to lower his child support payments to his ex-wife Andrea Kelly during a closed-door hearing on Wednesday.

The embattled R&B singer was arrested on March 6 for failing to pay the $160K he owes for his three children.

He was released three days later when an anonymous person made the payment on his behalf.

Following his release, R. Kelly briefly spoke with the press saying:

I promise you, we’re going to straighten all this stuff out.

That’s all I can say right now. I promise you… I love my fans.

The singer returned to court on Wednesday (March 13) hoping to get the $21,000 monthly payment reduced considering its kind of hard to book shows with all of the allegations and new charges of criminal sexual abuse he’s facing.

R. Kelly’s attorney Steve Greenberg confirmed the judge denied their request.

He also told reporters:

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.

You don’t need to be a rocket scientist to figure that out.

Despite his dire circumstances, Kells is still recording new music every day and shooting hoops.

His publicist Darryll Johnson said:

He has a studio in his home, so he’s always recording.

All he does is sing, sing and record all day, and when he’s not doing that, he’s shooting basketball.

On Tuesday, Chicago police swooped down on R. Kelly’s condo in Trump Towers after receiving a bogus call about a suicide pact.

Via TMZ:

Police descended on Trump Tower in Chicago Tuesday afternoon, after an anonymous caller claimed Azriel Clary and 4 other women who were alleged victims had a suicide pact and were planning on carrying it out.

Sources close to the embattled singer tell TMZ that police officers just left after going inside R. Kelly’s unit and speaking to R. Kelly’s attorneys, who assured them everyone was fine.

Turns out the call was from the National Human Trafficking Hotline.

Whew chile…

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