R. Kelly asks to be released from jail

CHICAGO, IL - SEPTEMBER 17: Singer R. Kelly turns to leave after appearing at a hearing at the Leighton Criminal Courthouse on September 17, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. Kelly is facing multiple sexual assault charges and is being held without bail. (Photo by Antonio Perez - Pool via Getty Images)
London – R Kelly has asked to be released from jail due to the coronavirus pandemic. The singer’s legal has filed documents with federal judges in both Chicago and Brooklyn asking for him to be allowed to stay with his girlfriend Joycelyn Savage in the Roosevelt Collection Lofts building in Chicago’s South Loop.

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.

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