Troubled R+B star Bobby Brown has been jailed for 90 days or until he pays the $63,500 (GBP35,277) in child support he owes the mother of two of his children.

Brown, released early from a Georgia jail on Monday (22MAR04) - where he was serving time for a probation violation - so he could attend the contempt hearing, cried as he was led from the courtroom to be jailed in Massachusetts' NORFOLK COUNTY HOUSE OF CORRECTION.

Judge PAULA CAREY issued the ruling after the MY PREROGATIVE singer, 35-year-old husband of Whitney Houston, testified that he was unable to pay support he owes for children, now 12 and 14, that he fathered with KIM WARD.

Carey said the financial statement the troubled former pop star provided the court "lacks all credibility" and declined his lawyers' offers to pay $10,000 (GBP5,550) by the end of yesterday (24MAR04), an additional $15,000 (GBP8,330) within 10 days and negotiate the rest.

Brown, who was more than four hours late for the hearing, testified in a hushed voice, telling the judge that he was unable to pay because he had no job and no income.

His attorney, VINCENT DIMMOCK, said although Brown had been a successful pop singer in the 1980s and early 1990s, he has "been nowhere near that in recent years".

Houston, who recently spent five days in a drug rehabilitation centre, did not attend Brown's hearing.

25/03/2004 09:25