The singer has two teenage children with a woman from Massachusetts.

DEDHAM, Mass. (AP) – Singer Bobby Brown was released from jail on Thursday after spending one night behind bars for failure to pay $63,500 in child support payments to the mother of two of his children.

The court informed the Norfolk Sheriff’s Department late Thursday that it had received the money. Television footage showed Brown getting into a car and being driven away.

On Wednesday, Family Court Judge Paula Carey found Brown in contempt of court and ordered him jailed for 90 days or until he could come up with the money. Brown testified that he was unable to pay the child support he owes for the children, now 12 and 14, that he fathered with Kim Ward of Stoughton, who filed the paternity claim.

Brown, a Boston native, was crying as he was led from the courtroom at Norfolk Probate and Family Court and taken to the county jail in Dedham.

Brown was jailed in DeKalb County, Ga., after he violated his probation on a drunken driving charge. The violations included his refusal to take drug tests and pay his probation fees, and failing to show proof that he attended counseling and completed his house arrest.

DeKalb County Sheriff Thomas Brown agreed to release Brown three days early after he received the order to appear in the Massachusetts court.

Brown also faces misdemeanor battery charges after he allegedly hit his wife, singer Whitney Houston, leaving her with a bruised cheek and a cut lip.

He’s scheduled to appear May 5 in a Fulton County, Ga., court on that charge.

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