Angry Inmate Attacks R. Kelly After His Supporters Cause Lockdown At Prison
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R. Kelly is currently behind bars for charges involving sexual assault, sex trafficking, child pornography and more. He is still under investigation for his alleged history of sexually abusing underage girls. Recently, his supporters gathered outside of Metropolitan Correctional Center in Chicago to call for him to be released. This caused a ton of inmates to grow angry after the facility was put on lockdown.
R.Kelly Was Beaten In His Jail Cell By Angry Inmate
R.Kelly has made several pleas to be released early from prison. Initially, his first plea to be released early was immediately shot down. At that time there were no cases of COVID-19 at the Chicago correctional facility he is housed in. He cited his age and his health as two main causes of concern as to why he could be at risk of contracting the virus. The singer has tried multiple times to be let out on bail and his trial has been delayed due to the ongoing pandemic. Even after everything he has been accused of, R.Kelly still has some die-hard fans out there that want to see him released. They took to the streets of Chicago and outside the gates of Metropolitan Correctional Center to express that they want him released immediately. These protests forced the inmates to be put on lockdown.
The singer was reportedly sitting in his bed in his cell when he was approached by an angry inmate. The inmate proceeded to attack him expressing that he was furious about the lockdown. The singer was later examined by a doctor and is not seriously injured.
Why Do People Want Him Released From Prison?
The protests came after R.Kelly’s lawyer filed another motion to the judge after it was revealed that the case could be pushed back even further. The trial date is set to Oct. 20, 2020. However, the pandemic could delay that yet again. “They cite, primarily, that pandemic and its related difficulties, including the need to quarantine witnesses, and the difficulties associated with the trial of this magnitude in the current environment,” his lawyer said. “That is not Mr. Kelly’s fault and that should not be Mr. Kelly’s problem, and Mr. Kelly should not be the one who has to suffer, remaining in archaic jail conditions that are medieval so that the Government can more conveniently prosecute its case.” The protesters seem to agree with the lawyer on this.
Another video shows protesters marching in Chicago to free R.Kelly chanting “Where was the parents?” This implies that his supporters believe his alleged young victims should’ve been watched more carefully by their parents. One Twitter user said that this protest was held at the same time as a Save The Children rally in Chicago. This has not been confirmed.
The singer can face anywhere from 10 years to life in prison if convicted on the federal charges.