According to R. Kelly’s Attorney, Douglas C. Anton, the disgraced singer was recently attacked by a fellow inmate in his jail cell. The incident, which occurred at Metropolitan Correctional Center in Chicago, involved the inmate “punching” Kelly, who was sitting on his bed.
Guards at the federal facility reportedly stopped the assault almost immediately, and Kelly did not sustain any injuries with X-rays indicating that he had no fractures. On Friday, Kelly was moved to solitary confinement at the Special Housing Unit for his own protection.
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The inmate who attacked Kelly was apparently angry that the prison’s governor had stopped visits at the facility, on several occasions, due to the number of Kelly’s fans protesting outside the facility.
Kelly was arrested in early 2019 on 10 charges of aggravated criminal sexual abuse linked to allegations that he sexually abused four women, three of whom were minors. He was arrested again on July 11, 2019, in Chicago by NYPD detectives and Homeland Security officers and indicted by a federal grand jury on federal charges for additional crimes, including kidnapping, forced labor, child sexual exploitation and child pornography production and obstruction of justice. Kelly has pleaded not guilty to all of the charges.
“I spoke to him and he is not OK,” Anton said. “He is not doing well. This even more reason why he needs to be released. They cannot protect him in the facility.”
After being arrested, Kelly was ordered held without bail and remains at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Chicago while awaiting trial. Although his attorney has repeatedly requested bail, alleging cruel and unusual punishment, it has been denied. The trial has been delayed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and no new trial date has been set.
Kelly has been the subject of numerous allegations of sexual abuse and misconduct, often with underage girls, since the 1990s. In 2002, he was indicted on 13 counts of child pornography but was eventually acquitted of all charges in 2008. According to Vibe and the Chicago Sun-Times, 27-year-old Kelly and 15-year-old protégée Aaliyah were illegally married in a secret ceremony on August 31, 1994, in Cook County. The marriage was annulled at Aaliyah’s family’s request in 1995.
Source: Hollywood Reporter
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