R Kelly requests jail release
R. Kelly has asked to be released from jail due to the coronavirus pandemic but needs approval from judges in both New York and Chicago.
LONDON - R Kelly has asked to be released from jail due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The I Believe I Can Fly singer's legal team have filed documents with federal judges in both Chicago, where he is currently being held in the city's Metropolitan Correctional Center while awaiting trial for various sex crimes, and Brooklyn asking for him to be allowed to stay with his girlfriend Joycelyn Savage in the Roosevelt Collection Lofts building in the Windy City's South Loop.
Kelly is facing a number of charges in Brooklyn, including bribery and racketeering, but has appeared for New York hearings via video link as he has a fear of flying.
He needs approval from both Brooklyn federal Judge Ann Donnelly and Chicago federal Judge Harry Leinenweber to have his request granted.
According to the New York Post newspaper's Page Six column, the 53-year-old singer's attorney argued his client is vulnerable to contracting COVID-19 because of his age and the fact he recently underwent surgery on a hernia.
Although 10 inmates in the US have tested positive for coronavirus, none were housed in the Chicago prison.
However, the lawyer insisted there are inmates in the facility who have been quarantined with flu-like symptoms.
He wrote: "Requiring people to reside in a custodial jail setting is tantamount to making them drink poison."
Kelly, who will face trial in October, is the latest famous star behind bars to ask to be released.
Both disgraced comic Bill Crosby, who was sentenced to three to ten years in prison in September 2018 after being found guilty of three counts of aggravated indecent assault, and Tekashi 6ix9ine, who was jailed for two years in December 2019 after pleading guilty to nine charges, have requested to be placed under house arrest due to the pandemic.