R. Kelly isn’t giving up his quest for getting out of prison amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The disgraced singer just made his second emergency plea to the New York court to release him from jail, only 10 days after the New York Federal Court shot down his last request.
R. Kelly and his legal team claimed that appropriate social distancing practices are “simply impossible” within the close quarters of the Metropolitan Correctional Center — Chicago’s high-rise federal jail where Kelly is being held without bond since his arrest on federal charges in July.
On top of that, the singer claims that soap and hand sanitizer aren’t exactly readily available. Supposedly, there’s one big bottle of hand sanitizer on the visiting floor, but it’s labeled “STAFF ONLY.” He also says that there’s no soap for inmates unless they can afford to buy it for themselves from the commissary.
U.S. District Judge Anne Donnelly denied the singer’s initial release request. The judge pointed out that there were “no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the MCC in Chicago.”
This time around, R. Kelly and his legal team say that circumstances have changed. That’s why they filed a renewed emergency motion asking for release.
According to Kelly, the Chicago MCC admits there are at least 6 confirmed positive cases among inmates. Plus, there are another 7 among staff members. He says that it’s an “absolute probability” that he “will be infected with this deadly disease” if he doesn’t get out.
He wants to hang at home pending trial, and says he’d agree to 24/7 surveillance and GPS monitoring. That way, everyone can be sure he doesn’t go anywhere, or meet with anyone other than his lawyers.
The singer is still saying he isn’t a flight risk, if granted released on bond pending trial.
Kelly claims that if he tried to escape, he would be “the most obvious and recognizable person on the streets of Chicago, or anywhere else in the country, in light of the severe stay-at-home restrictions.”
Besides, Kelly points out there there wouldn’t be any flights for him, he’s afraid to fly, and he doesn’t have a passport or the means to fly.
Prosecutors aren’t buying it, though. They filed their response, saying the singer absolutely has the means to escape the country. How so? Apparently the singer has already made more than $200,000 in royalties just this year.