- R. Kelly has not paid any of his court fees, but he has $27,828.24 in his prison commissioner.
- Prosecutors asked the judge to order the confiscation of the funds.
- Kelly is serving a 30-year prison sentence for sex trafficking and extortion.
Kelly has $27,828 in his prison commissioner but hasn’t paid a single cent in court fees and fines, according to federal court documents.
Federal prosecutors in New York on Thursday asked a judge to order the Bureau of Prisons to seize money from his inmate’s trust account and cut a check for that amount to a court clerk, according to court documents.
Kelly, whose real name is Robert Sylvester Kelly, is serving a 30-year prison sentence after being convicted in September of extortion and sex trafficking charges stemming from a decades-old practice of recruiting and grooming girls and young women for illegal sex.
A compensation hearing is scheduled for next month, at which time New York federal judge Ann Donnelly will decide how much Kelly will have to pay the victims of his crimes.
Outside of compensation, Kelly owes over $140,000 in fees and fines. Donnelly issued a $100,000 fine based on the conviction as well as a $40,000 statutory penalty for human trafficking.
Attorney Jennifer Bunjian, who represents the disgraced R&B star, argued that Kelly was “too close to destitute” because he didn’t have a regular source of income and some stations refused to play his music.
Despite this, prosecutors alleged that Kelly funneled millions of dollars in music royalties through a childhood friend before he was convicted of sex trafficking.