Weeks after telling “CBS This Morning” that he had $325,000 in his bank account, mounting legal troubles have reportedly left R&B singer R. Kelly near financial ruin.
Documents obtained by The Blast stated that Wintrust Bank, where Kelly, 52, holds an account, informed his former Chicago landlord that the singer has a balance of -$13. The landlord had received a $173k judgment for back rent and had issued subpoenas to Sony, the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP), and banks where Kelly reportedly held accounts.
Kelly reportedly had two accounts at Bank of America totaling $154,527.22. However, the two accounts currently have $625 after the landlord recouped most of the money Kelly owed, according to The Blast.
The landlord is reportedly in the process of asking a judge to order Sony to release $50,000 to settle the remainder of Kelly’s debt. Months earlier, Sony’s subsidiary, RCA Records, dropped Kelly from their label—a move that was presumably made following Lifetime’s airing of “Surviving R. Kelly.”
The “I Wish” singer is currently charged with 10 counts of aggravated sexual abuse in Cook County, Illinois, involving four victims—with three of them being underage at the time of the alleged incidents.
In February, the singer was re-arrested for being $160,000 behind in child support. He was released from custody days later after an unidentified person paid the entirety of the back child support.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that Kelly was paid $22,000 for an appearance at an Illinois club earlier this month.
Continuing coverage on R. Kelly and his upcoming trial can be read here.
[Featured image: R. Kelly/AP Photo/Matt Marton]