Is R. Kelly illiterate?
That's what talk host host Wendy Williams claimed last year on her show as allegations of rampant sexual abuse swirled about the 52-year-old R&B star.
"Robert, it’s long been said and he actually did admit this to me, I was shocked he was actually admitting this — because he can’t read, he can’t write and he can’t add,” she said. “I won’t tell you about how he maneuvers through the world.”
Kelly, whose real name is Robert, was charged in February with 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse involving four alleged victims, three of whom were underage. Kelly has pleaded not guilty to the charges, which came after the release of the Lifetime docu-series “Surviving R. Kelly.”
The six-part documentary featured several women who accused Kelly of abuse dating back to the 1990s. Kelly denies all the allegations.
After his arrest in February, Kelly struggled to come up with the cash to bond out of jail. He finally did, but he was rearrested on Wednesday for failing to pay child support and taken back to jail.
Williams comments are being seen in a new light now, with some wondering if Kelly's cash flow problems could be because of his alleged illiteracy.
Kelly himself blamed his ex for his money woes.
“How can I pay child support if my ex-wife is destroying my name and I can’t work?” Kelly told CBS journalist Gayle King in new parts of their interview that aired Thursday.
He added that "people have been stealing my money."