R. Kelly has been moved into solitary confinement at the Metropolitan Correctional Center after he was beaten a disgruntled inmate, his lawyer says.
On Thursday (Aug. 27), the disgraced R&B singer’s lawyers said he was sitting on his bed inside of his jail cell when an inmate came in and started punching him. The inmate was reportedly frustrated over the lockdowns they’ve had to endure because of pro-R.Kelly protests happening outside of the correctional facility. Prison guards quickly intervened to break up the attack and Kelly was transferred to solitary confinement for his own protection, his lawyer claims.
“That’s the only place they can protect him,” his lawyer Steve Greenberg told Page Six. “I’m still very concerned because, sure, this time the guards were able to quickly stop something from happening but what happens if someone goes in his cell with a shank or something like that? Or the guards are busy doing something else? We were fortunate this time but who’s to say next time?”
This latest incident comes as R. Kelly awaits trial for sex crimes, including child pornography, racketeering, and sex trafficking, across New York, Minnesota and Chicago. His team has tried several times to get him released amid the coronavirus pandemic but all of their requests have been denied.
Federal prosecutors have also brought charges against three men — Richard Arline Jr., Donnell Russell and Michael Williams — for attempting to harass, intimidate, threaten, and bribe women who have come forward against the 53-year-old. Kelly is expected to go to trial in Brooklyn on September 29.
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