This is how much R. Kelly got paid for an hour-long club appearance in Illinois

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In the midst of R. Kelly's ongoing legal battles, he's now talking about his financial troubles, and, according to news reports, a weekend club appearance might have brought the singer some much needed monetary relief.

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The embattled R&B singer, born Robert Sylvester Kelly, made an appearance at the Dirty South Lounge in Springfield, Illinois, over the weekend.

About 100 people showed up at the club, which has a 450-person capacity, according to The Associated Press.

While there, Kelly thanked supporters, sang a line from one of his songs for 28 seconds and spent about 35 minutes taking selfies, dancing and conversing with fans before the club closed at 3 a.m.

Although he was only there for about an hour, the artist was paid $22,000, TMZ reported. He pocketed $20,000 and paid his booking agent $2,000, the tabloid reported.

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Hours before his appearance at the Dirty South Lounge, Kelly posted a video on Instagram asking the media to "take it easy" on him because "this is how I got to get paid now, for right now."

Kelly, 52, was charged in February with 10 counts of aggravated sexual abuse that accused him of assaulting four women during a roughly 10-year period starting in the late 1990s. Three of the accusers were underage at the time. He has pleaded not guilty and denied any wrongdoing.

Since his arrest, the cash-strapped singer has struggled to get work in the U.S., according to Kelly's lawyer Steve Greenberg. In a motion last month, Greenberg requested permission for Kelly to perform in Dubai and meet with members of the sheikhdom's royal family.

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Kelly has been scrambling to pay child support, legal fees and everyday expenses because of the cancellation of Illinois concerts and a record contract, as well as the removal of his songs from streaming services, he wrote.

Kelly's lawyers later put the motion on hold. Dubai's government denied that Kelly had any concerts planned there and the claims that he would meet with members of the royal family.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

ExploreR&B Singer R. Kelly (C) arrives for his court date at the Leighton Courthouse on March 22, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. R. Kelly appeared before a judge to request permission to travel to Dubai to perform in several concerts, btu the shows were cancelled. Nuccio DiNuzzo/Getty Images

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