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R. Kelly Ordered to Hand Over $28,000 in Prison Inmate Account

  • Judge said money should go to court fees and sex-abuse victims
  • Kelly claimed his commissary funds were unlawfully confiscated
R. Kelly attends court in 2019.

R. Kelly attends court in 2019.

Photographer: Antonio Perez/Pool/Getty Images

R. Kelly was ordered to surrender nearly $28,000 in his prison inmate account to be applied toward $140,000 in unpaid criminal fines as well as possible restitution to his sexual-abuse victims.

US District Judge Ann Donnelly in Brooklyn, New York, on Friday rejected Kelly’s argument that the money had been “impermissibly confiscated” from him by federal prosecutors and prison officials. She imposed the fines on Kelly in June when she sentenced the R&B singer to 30 years in prison for racketeering and sexual exploitation of minors.