R. Kelly denied being released from prison despite COVID-19 fear | Instant News


R. Kelly’s attempt to get out of federal prison because of his fear of the corona virus was abolished on Tuesday on the grounds he had shown “no compelling reason” for temporary release and he remained a “flight risk.”

“Although I sympathize with the defendant’s anxiety about COVID-19 which can be understood, he has not set a strong reason to guarantee his release,” said District Judge A. Ann Donnelly in the Eastern District of New York in Brooklyn.

Kelly’s main lawyer, Steve Greenberg, sent a face emoji that symbolized the disappointment in responding.

U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District did not immediately respond to the message. Attorney Kelly objected to being released temporarily.

R. Kelly with his main lawyer, Steven Greenberg, during a trial in a state court on September 17, 2019 in Chicago.

Kelly was locked up at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Chicago awaiting trial for various sex crime charges in four jurisdictions in three states, including in the Northern District in Illinois and in the Eastern District of New York.

“At present, no COVID-19 cases have been confirmed at the MCC in Chicago,” Donnelly wrote in his decision.

What’s more, he writes, 53-year-old Kelly is not included in the category of people declared by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention who are most at risk of corona virus. He cited recent operations during his time locked but did not explain how it put him at a higher risk of illness, he wrote.



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