*R. Kelly was reportedly “attacked” by a fellow inmate in jail on Wednesday, the singer’s lawyer, Steve Greenberg, confirmed to Yahoo Entertainment.
Kelly has been in custody at Chicago’s Metropolitan Correctional Center for over a year awaiting trail for various sex crimes, including child pornography.
“Yesterday we were told that an inmate had attacked R. Kelly at the MCC in Chicago,” Greenberg tweeted on Thursday. “We received conflicting reports as to the extent of his injuries. We have not been provided any information from the jail, nor has Mr. Kelly called. We are hopeful that he was not seriously injured.”
Greenberg then called for the release of his client for his own safety.
“Regardless, it is time to release Mr. Kelly. The government cannot ensure his safety, and they cannot give him his day in court. We should not incarcerate people indefinitely because we cannot provide them with due process,” Greenberg added.
Earlier this year, a judge denied Kelly’s request for release from jail over coronavirus concern.
Earlier this year, a judge denied Kelly’s request for release from jail over coronavirus concerns.
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According to TMZ, “a frustrated inmate went on the attack and jumped Kelly in his cell.” The man was “angry about the detention facility being placed on lockdown a couple of times largely due to Kelly protesters outside the jail.”
Loyal Kelly fans began demonstrating outside the prison on August 21, demanding his freedom.
In a video which has circulated online, some held a banner which read, “Justice for R. Kelly. ‘Due Process.’ One man ain’t no enterprise.”