- R. Kelly has not paid any of his court fees, but he owes $27,828.24 to his jail commissioner.
- Prosecutors asked a judge to order the forfeiture of the funds.
- Kelly is serving a 30-year prison sentence for sex trafficking and extortion.
R. Kelly owes his prison commissioner $27,828, but hasn’t paid a cent in court costs and fines, according to federal court documents.
Federal prosecutors in New York asked a judge Thursday to order the Bureau of Prisons to seize the money from the inmate’s trust account and cut a check for that amount to the court clerk, according to court documents.
Kelly, whose real name is Robert Sylvester Kelly, is serving a 30-year prison sentence after pleading guilty in September to extortion and sex-trafficking charges stemming from a decade-long practice of recruiting and grooming girls and young women for illicit sex.
A restitution hearing is scheduled for next month, when New York federal judge Ann Donnelly will decide how much Kelly must pay the victims of his crimes.
In addition to restitution, Kelly owes more than $140,000 in fees and fines. Donnelly was fined $100,000 on conviction plus a $40,000 statutory penalty for human trafficking.
Attorney Jennifer Bonjean, who represents the disgraced R&B star, argued that Kelly is “very close to destitute” as he has not had a regular source of income and some stations are refusing to play his music.
Prosecutors, however, alleged that Kelly had funneled millions of dollars in music royalties through a childhood friend just before his sex-trafficking conviction.