The World’s Greatest singer is facing numerous charges in Brooklyn, including bribery and racketeering, but has appeared for New York hearings via video link as he has a fear of flying.
Kelly needs the approval of both Brooklyn federal Judge Ann Donnelly and Chicago federal Judge Harry Leinenweber to have his request granted.
The singer’s attorney argued that his client is vulnerable to contracting COVID-19 because of his age (52) and the fact that he underwent surgery on a hernia recently. 10 inmates in the US have tested positive for coronavirus, but none were housed in the Chicago prison.
Kelly’s lawyer insisted there are inmates in the facility who have been quarantined with flu-like symptoms.
“Requiring people to reside in a custodial jail setting is tantamount to making them drink poison,” the lawyer wrote.
Kelly is the latest famous person behind bars to ask to be released after Billy Cosby asked to be placed under house arrest due to the pandemic.