Disgraced R&B singer R. Kelly was attacked by a fellow inmate while he is awaiting trial for sexually abusing underage girls.
Kelly’s Chicago based lawyer, Steven Greenberg, announced that the singer was in his cell when another inmate entered and began beating him. Greenberg spoke to fellow inmates who told him Kelly’s injuries were minor and nothing had been broken.
The attack was reportedly spurned by recent lockdowns of the Metropolitan Correctional Center over pro-R. Kelly protests outside of the facility. Greenberg said that the jail is locked down during every protest, and the inmate was incensed over the added restrictions.
“When they do this, inmates don’t get their commissary, they don’t get their shower, stuff like that and since they’re fairly sporadic anyway, they get upset.”
It is not clear if the prisoner will face additional charges for the attack on Kelly, who was relocated to solitary confinement for his protection.
Greenburg is still concerned for his safety. “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?”
Kelly has been incarcerated since July 2019 for separate indictments in Chicago and New York. Though he has petitioned the court repeatedly for compassionate coronavirus release, he has been labeled a flight risk and has been denied bail. His original court date was scheduled for April 2020, but has been delayed due to the pandemic.