R. Kelly’s lawyers have successfully gotten the singer out of solitary confinement and into the general population while he is being held in prison awaiting his trial, and now they are arguing that the singer should be allowed bond so he can see both of his girlfriends.
According to The Blast, R. Kelly’s legal team has filed documents requesting bond because he is not a flight risk and the prosecutors in the case haven’t proven otherwise. In the documents, the lawyers say that Kelly has almost no financial resources and he is not a frequent international traveler. They explain that his passport is in the custody of Cook County, Illinois authorities in connection with the court proceedings, and even though it was issued eight years ago, there isn’t a single stamp in it.
They also point out that Kelly has never tried to run even though he’s been the subject of investigations, has had serious charges filed against him, and television shows have dragged him “through the mud.”
“Mr. Kelly is in his 50’s, does not have any criminal history, has never missed a court date, could not hide or evade surveillance given his fame, now has no passport, has posted a substantial bond in State court, has voluntarily turned himself in on all charges, and made no attempt to flee in the face of imminent Federal charges, and is presumed innocent.” wrote Kelly’s lawyers.
They went on to complain about Kelly’s restricted visits while he has been in the custody of the Bureau of Prisons, writing that he is only allowed one unrelated person to visit him, and he can only make changes to his visiting list every 90 days.
Kelly says that prior to his arrest, he lived in a one-bedroom condo at Trump International Tower with “two lady friends” – Joycelyn Savage and Azriel Clary – which has a 24-hour doorman and “vast security.” He believes that it’s “not right” that no other friends or professional colleagues are allowed to visit.
The lawyers also claim that the singer is dealing with a number of health issues, including numbness in his hand, anxiety, and an untreated hernia, and he is not receiving adequate medical care. They say that even though Kelly is no longer in solitary, the conditions of his housing unit are“stifling.”
Kelly and his lawyers are still waiting for a decision from the judge on his motion for bond.