If you’ve been following R. Kelly’s case over the last few months, you’d know that the formerly legendary R&B performer has continuously been trying to get out of prison on account of the coronavirus pandemic which has affected some penitentiaries throughout the United States.
Today, Page Six picked up on a ruling from a Brooklyn federal judge who stated that R. Kelly would not be permitted to serve out the rest of his sentence at home amid the COVID-19 pandemic. In case you missed it, this marks the third time Kelly has petitioned to get out of jail.
Thus far, the legal system has determined that Mr. Kelly is too much of a flight risk and shouldn’t be allowed to get out of prison. Moreover, his crimes, many of which are of a sexual nature, have played a role in the judge’s repeated decisions to keep the former artist behind bars.
As you probably already know, Kelly has been accused of using his power and influence in the music industry to trap young girls and women for sexual relationships. Many of which were underage at the time of meeting him.
The report from Page Six claims that Kelly and his lawyer are arguing that he’s now a pre-diabetic, and if he’s not released, he could die in prison if he contracts the coronavirus. In her decision, Judge Ann Donnelly wrote that a pre-diabetes diagnosis was not a good reason to let him out.
Judge Ann Donnelly wrote in her ruling that the Center for Disease Control has stated diabetes was potentially an exacerbation of the virus’ effects, however, pre-diabetes hasn’t been listed as a risk. It was the same judge who denied the two prior requests as well.
As it was noted above, Kelly has been accused of especially heinous crimes, including abusing underage girls, creating child pornography, and also destroying evidence. In other cases, Kelly is up for racketeering charges as well.
At the moment, Page Six noted, Kelly is staying in Chicago’s Metropolitan Correctional Center while he awaits his trial.