According to TMZ, the singer was allegedly attacked in late August. Law enforcement sources said Kelly was punched repeatedly after a fellow inmate walked into his cell. After being examined by a doctor, it was determined that the singer had not sustained any serious injuries.
At the end of the month, he will have an opportunity to obtain a hearing where he can argue that the recent attack justifies him to be freed on bond while he awaits his trial for sex-crime charges.
According to USA Today, Kelly’s prosecutors and lawyers argued via telephone before Judge Harry Leinenweber regarding Kelly’s request seeking immediate liberation due to his safety being compromised.
“The government cannot ensure his safety, and they cannot give him his day in court,” Kelly’s lawyer stated on Twitter after the incident happened.
Leinenweber rejected the motion for Kelly to be discharged immediately but did set a deadline for the prosecution and defense lawyers to file briefs for a hearing to interrogate the inmate assailant, Jeremiah Shane Farmer, as well as the MCC officials involved, about the events leading up to the attack.
Farmer was reported to be upset about the jail being locked down due to the number of the celebrity’s fans protesting outside. In a handwritten letter, Farmer claimed he attacked Kelly after receiving encouragement from MCC officials. He also stated that MCC officials said the incident would bring media attention to his own case.
“My understanding is, every time there is a pro-R. Kelly protest outside of the jail, they lock down the entire facility,” Steve Greenberg, one of the lawyers representing the singer, said.
The R&B singer has been denied bail three times. Due to the severity of the coronavirus, the star argued he should be granted his freedom in order to protect his health. Now, his personal safety being compromised will be added to the list of reasons he feels he should be released.
“No condition or combination of conditions could assure against those risks,” the appeals court said, regarding the likelihood of Kelly being a flight risk, according to Fox News.
Additionally, the court said Kelly was unable to provide a “compelling reason for temporary release.”
The 53-year-old currently awaits four trails in state and federal courts. Alleged offenses include sexual assault, racketeering, and child pornography.