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R Kelly claims he's battling health problems in jail

The R&B Singer's lawyers have filed legal documents, detailing his medical issues as they try to have a judge clear him for release from jail.

R&B singer R Kelly leaves the Leighton Criminal Courts Building following a hearing on 26 June 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. Picture: AFP

LOS ANGELES - Robert Kelly claimed he was battling health problems whilst in jail and was looking to be released so he could be treated in hospital.

The Ignition hitmaker has been in jail since he was arrested on alleged sexual abuse charges in New York in July, and after initially being denied bail in September, he is now set to go back to court once again to try and have a judge clear him for release, as he claims his health is suffering behind bars.

According to TMZ, Kelly's lawyers filed new legal documents in which they outline his various medical issues, which include numbness in one of his hands, anxiety, and an untreated hernia.

The lawyers claim the 52-year-old singer is not receiving adequate medical treatment in the facility and have called the conditions of his confinement "stifling".

The documents also try to assure the judge Kelly will not be a risk if he is allowed out of prison, vowing he will not tamper with or intimidate witnesses, and will not be a flight risk.

A judge is yet to rule on his case, but he has previously been denied bail after pleading not guilty to the charges against him, pending a further trial.

The rapper is charged in New York with exploiting five victims, identified only as "Jane Does," three of whom alleged they were minors at the time.

The case is separate to another ongoing trial in Chicago, where he was arrested in July on charges accusing him of engaging in child pornography and further sexual abuse.

In the New York indictment, Kelly is accused of running a racketeering enterprise comprised of "managers, bodyguards, drivers, personal assistants and runners for the defendant, as well as members of his entourage", who would allegedly recruit young women for sex with the musician.

Kelly is also accused of filming the sexual activity including that with alleged underage victims, which constitutes child pornography.

The star's not guilty plea follows a previous plea entered by the star in which he denied 13 alleged sex trafficking charges.

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