Guards knew of danger to R. Kelly before attack his lawyers claim in sixth appeal
R. Kelly had told guards and a doctor at the Metropolitan Correctional Center that a prisoner might assault him before the incident happened, as he had overheard the same inmate discuss his possible attack on the phone.
Steven Greenberg and Nicole Blank Becker, the musician’s lawyers, said guards had also insinuated to inmates that Kelly was the reason for a withdrawal of some of their rights because of the behaviour of fans picketing outside the prison.
Kelly’s attacker was reportedly angry at the constant protests calling for the singer’s release, which led to prison authorities putting a stop to outside visits for inmates.
The federal detainee with, “f— the feds”, tattooed on his face recently got into R. Kelly’s cell while the singer was sleeping and stomped on his head repeatedly while wielded an ink pen with which he wanted to stab Kelly. Before he could carry out the act, he was stopped by other inmates.
Three weeks before the attack, Kelly had heard the inmate telling someone over the phone that he might attack him, something the singer went on to tell prison guards, while he also alerted his doctor that he was not happy being portrayed as the reason why the facility had to shut down by the prison guards.
Meanwhile, the musician’s sixth application for bail has been denied, after the Second Circuit Court of Appeals’ decision said prosecutors presented “clear and convincing evidence” that Kelly presents a potential danger to the community and is a flight risk.
Mike Leonard, one of Kelly’s attorneys, said the appeals ruling was “very disappointing and somewhat surprising” because appeals judges during oral arguments had seemed to understand that Kelly’s incarceration was allegedly preventing him from preparing adequately for trial.
Kelly is facing charges in New York including racketeering and violations of the Mann Act, which prohibits trafficking for prostitution or sexual activity.
The charges Kelly faces stem from activity that prosecutors say took place over two decades in New York, Connecticut, Illinois and California. Kelly was also indicted on federal charges in Illinois for child pornography and obstruction, as well as state charges of aggravated criminal sexual abuse.
He has pleaded not guilty to all of the charges.