Following news reports that R. Kelly is facing a new indictment, his legal troubles continue to snowball.
Last week, Kelly was hit with a new indictment with charges including (but not limited to) the coercion of a minor and transportation of a minor across state lines. However, his legal team ran into another roadblock recently when they tried to visit Kelly at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Chicago where he is currently being held. According to TMZ, his lawyers wanted to check on his well-being as well as discuss legal strategy. But when the 53-year-old’s lawyers arrived at the premises, they were denied entry due to the developing COVID-19 outbreak that is currently sweeping across the U.S.
The Bureau of Prisons in Illinois insisted that jail staff is suspending visits for the next 30 days in an effort to stifle the spread of the coronavirus. According to Chicago Tribune, a total of 105 reported coronavirus cases have been confirmed in the state.
An unidentified representative told TMZ that they're making their determinations with an eye toward avoiding unnecessarily exposing inmates and others. Nonetheless, they are working to accommodate inmates so they will still be able to convene with their lawyers. This comes on the heels of reports that the state of Ohio is considering releasing hundreds of inmates due to concerns surrounding the highly-contagious respiratory illness.
TMZ speculated that the last time Kelly met with his lawyers was early last week before the new charges were brought against him on Friday (March 13) out of the Eastern District of NY.
Two women, one of which was a minor at the time, alleged that Kelly never informed them that he had herpes during their relationship, with one of the women saying that she was exposed to the virus because they had unprotected sexual intercourse, according to TMZ.
The disgraced R&B singer is currently behind bars awaiting his numerous trials.
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