R&B hit maker R. Kelly fears being killed while he’s in jail, the singer is currently behind bars on charges of sexual assault and abuse, including five counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse, four counts of aggravated criminal sexual assault and two counts of criminal sexual assault.
Kelly was denied bond by a Judge in Chicago earlier this week after pleading not guilty to 13 alleged sex trafficking charges.
The singer told his lawyer Nicole Blank Becker, that he doesn’t mind being in solitary confinement in federal prison because he feels safer as he’s aware other inmates know he’s been accused of sex crimes involving underage girls.
The lawyer said that Kelly being in solitary could be problematic because he has no one to lean on for help or support.
“Kelly is unable to read or write, so that makes even basic tasks, such as what is on the commissary list, incredibly difficult,” said Becker.
During the hearing, prosecutors insisted he should be held in hail as the risk of obstruction is still ongoing, and alleged Kelly is a danger to the community, especially young girls.
They said Kelly has the unique ability to influence and intimidate witnesses and victims, and that continues to this day.
“It’s who the defendant is,” said prosecutors.
The star’s lawyer, Steve Greenberg argued Kelly is no longer a risk to minors as all but one of the allegations against him date back to the 90s, and insisted his client isn’t a flight risk as he’s already surrendered his passport to the authorities and doesn’t like to fly.
Greenberg added that the 52-year-old musician would make a “difficult prisoner” because of his bad name, the judge sided with the prosecution, saying that the allegation of child pornography alone comes with a “presumption of detention”
Koketso Ramorei is a journalist and news editor of SADC News with years of experience in a number of genres including sports, politics and community reporting. He has worked for a numerous publications including The Citizen Newspaper and is a former editor of a Johannesburg-based off-campus publication called The Waldorfian Times.