R&B singer R Kelly walked out of a Chicago jail on Saturday, shortly after someone paid US$161,000 (NZ$237,000) that he owed in back child support.

Kelly was ordered taken into custody on Wednesday by a judge after he said that he did not have the entire $161,000 he owed in child support. As is done with other high-profile inmates, Kelly was held in a solo cell under round-the-clock observation.

Sophia Ansari, a spokeswoman for Cook County Sheriff’s Department, which operates the jail, did not immediately know who paid the back child support.

The trip to jail was Kelly’s second in a matter of weeks.

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