Singer, R. Kelly who requested to be freed from jail due to the Coronavirus pandemi has been denied the release.
R. Kelly, 53, is in jail at the Metropolitan Correctional Facility in Chicago and faces charges in Illinois, Minnesota and New York where he is awaiting trial on racketeering, sexual misconduct and other charges.
Kelly’s lawyers had asked a judge in Chicago to place the singer on home confinement at the Roosevelt Collections Loft apartment complex in Chicago.
The lawyers had complained that it has not been possible for them to meet with the singer so as to prepare for his trial, as a result of the prison’s new restrictions to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.
In a legal documents obtained by TMZ on Tuesday, a judge in Chicago denied the motion, saying that the 53-year-old R&B singer remains a flight risk.
The judge said: “[Kelly] is currently in custody because of the risks that he will flee or attempt to obstruct, threaten or intimidate prospective witnesses. The defendant has not explained how those risks have changed.”
As for the fears of Kelly not to contract Coronavirus if he remains behind bars, the Chicago judge clearly stated that there are no confirmed cases of the virus at Metropolitan Correctional Center (MCC) in Chicago where the singer is currently.
The judge also outlined the measures taken by the Bureau of Prisons in fighting the spread of coronavirus in its facilities, like suspending all social visits and suspending inmate facility transfers.
While Kelly noted that he’s had surgery while in jail, the judge added, “he does not explain how his surgical history places him at a higher risk of severe illness. Moreover, officials in Chicago have advised the government that doctors have completed all treatment for the defendant’s recent operation.”
The Judge also said that it is uncertain that his trial will proceed as scheduled, explaining “as conditions return to normal, [Kelly] and his lawyers will have additional time to prepare for trial.”