R. Kelly has requested to be released from jail for a third time amid fears he might catch the coronavirus, as he now claims he is ''likely diabetic'' and is at high risk of dying from the virus.
R. Kelly has requested to be released from jail for a third time, amid fears he might catch the coronavirus.
The 'Ignition' hitmaker has already had his bail denied twice after he asked to be released from Chicago's Metropolitan Correctional Centre - where he is being held on charges that include sex trafficking, racketeering and child pornography - amid the coronavirus pandemic, but he has now filed more documents yet again, asking for a judge to reconsider giving him bail.
According to TMZ, Kelly is now claiming he has been given medical tests in prison which show he is ''likely diabetic'', meaning he is at higher risk of developing complications - which could potentially be fatal - if he does contract COVID-19.
In the documents, Kelly's lawyers also claims the singer has high cholesterol and high blood pressure, which will further put him in a vulnerable position if he falls ill.
As of the time of writing, the judge in his case has not reached a decision on the third filing.
During his second attempt to get out of jail last month, Kelly and his legal team argued that when he first asked to be let out, the court noted there were no confirmed cases of COVID-19 at MCC Chicago where he is being held, but that has now changed.
And although the judge acknowledged the disease has now spread at the facility, she ruled his motion for release on bond didn't show enough evidence that the 'Trapped in the Closet' star is at unique risk of contracting coronavirus.
District Judge Ann Donnelly highlighted the fact Illinois prosecutors have accused Kelly of witness tampering during his child pornography case so insisted it would be too risky to let him out of jail.
She wrote: ''The defendant maintains that any risk can be mitigated through a combination of measures imposed on his release, including restrictions on social media, internet and telephone use.
''Given the pandemic, where the judicial system's oversight capabilities are curtailed, these measures simply are not viable - they cannot ensure that a defendant with a history, incentive and opportunity to interfere with potential witnesses will not do so.''
However, Kelly claimed he was too ''recognisable'' to be a fight risk.
His legal documents stated: ''[Kelly is] the most obvious and recognisable person on the streets of Chicago, or anywhere else in the country, in light of the severe stay-at-home restrictions.''
The 'I Believe I Can Fly' singer had also insisted he will agree to 24/7 surveillance and GPS monitoring to make sure he doesn't go anywhere other than home or meet with anyone other than his lawyers.
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