For the time being, R. Kelly must continue to pay his former wife Drea Kelly $ 21,000 a month. A Chicago judge rejected the singer’s request to reduce alimony on Wednesday, Kellys lawyer told various US media.

R. Kelly also appeared at the hearing on Wednesday. According to his lawyer, another hearing will follow later to ensure that the amount will be reduced.

Kelly was in jail for three days last week for alimony debt, which is a crime in the state of Illinois. The singer was the mother of his three children, with whom he was married from 1996 to 2009, still owed nearly $ 162,000. A fan paid him this amount, after which Kelly was released.

Next Friday, the R&B singer must report to the court again for being charged with sexual abuse. Kelly is suspected of having abused four women, including three minors. The singer himself says he is innocent.