Friday, October 22, 2021

R. Kelly: Lawyer Says Singer is Miserable in Jail, Can’t Read Fan Mail

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R&B singer R. Kelly arrives at the 1st District-Central police station on February 22, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx announced today that Kelly has been charged with 10 counts of aggravated sexual abuse of four victims, at least three between the ages of 13 and 17.
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*R. Kelly’s lawyer is speaking out about the singer’s life behind bars, noting that “I’ve seen him get very emotional,” said attorney Steve Greenberg, who is leading Kelly’s courtroom battle in Chicago on child pornography and sex abuse charges.

“He’s dealing with a lot of stories that have been made up. He’s not a fighter. I’ve seen him cry when he talks about the situation.”

Kelly faces charges in multiple states and jurisdictions and is currently being held at the federal Metropolitan Correctional Center in downtown Chicago, the Sun-Times reports. 

Greenberg claims Kelly “has a stage persona who is used to having people around him all the time. His life in solitary is now minus TV. No radio. No music. And no books.

“He’s also a spiritual guy, has a Bible with him in his cell, but he can’t read it. It’s basically there for comfort,” he added.

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“Now he’s been placed in the MCC’s ‘SHU’ — a cell in solitary confinement away from the jail population and is constantly being moved from cell to cell. He has only the guards to talk to.”

But R. Kelly is receiving plenty of fan mail, “which is 97% positive and he pores over it,” added Greenberg, who says Kelly is able to recognize a few words, the report states. 

Greenberg also claims Kelly gets only one social visit on his visiting day.

“One of his two girlfriends just visited the jail — I don’t know which one, but they can only visit via video. Only his lawyers can see him face to face in solitary,” he said.

“He also had a visit from his uncle … the one he calls Uncle Bug,” added Greenberg. “Everybody in his world of family or close friends he seems to call ‘Bug’ or ‘June.’”

Folks seems to have Kelly’s back while he’s locked up, as he has been sent “more money online to buy food from the jail commissary than he’ll ever spend.”

“Whatever food he could buy in the commissary is a far cry from his favorite steak on Rush or McDonald’s,” Greenberg revealed.

Ny MaGee
Ny MaGee is a screenwriter and freelance reporter from Chicago -- currently living in Los Angeles and covering A-list entertainment for various outlets, including Emmys.com. She has worked for: Miramax, MTV & VH1, The Jim Henson Company, Hallmark Channel, Paramount Pictures, and for iconic indie film producer Roger Corman.

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