American singer, songwriter, and musician, Robert Sylvester Kelly, popularly known as R. Kelly was attacked by a frustrated inmate at a Chicago federal lockup because he was upset over lockdowns caused by the disgraced artist, his lawyer told The Post Thursday.
The “I Believe I Can Fly” hit-maker who is awaiting trial on several child abuse charges was assaulted while he was in his cell at the Metropolitan Correctional Center when a fellow inmate entered his cell and started attacking him. Steven Greenberg, Kelly’s Chicago-based counsel said
“I talked to a couple of other inmates who said that it was a dust-up and he’s not hurt too bad,” Steve Greenberg said in a brief interview.
“According to the jail, he received minor injuries, nothing broken or anything like that.”
Greenberg added that the belligerent resident was irritated over recent lockdowns caused by pro-R. Kelly protests outside of the jail
“My understanding is, every time there is a pro-R. Kelly protest outside of the jail, they lockdown the entire facility,” Greenberg added
“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. So they’re penalizing everyone in the facility because people are protesting in support of Kelly.”
“But 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?” said Greenberg.
“We were fortunate this time but who’s to say next time?”
The 53-year-old has reportedly petitioned the courts to set him free amid the COVID-19 pandemic but unfortunately, those requests have all been declined. Kelly was scheduled to face trials for sex trafficking, rape, and child pornography charges back in April this year bu the case has been delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The singer is also facing similar charges in Brooklyn.