R. Kelly: Attorney reports assassination – and demands release

According to his lawyer, R. Kelly narrowly escaped an assassination attempt – and should therefore definitely be released from prison.

Real concern for his life or a desperate attempt to get out of prison? Last week, singer R. Kelly (53), who has been in custody since 2019 for suspected abuse of minors, was attacked by a cellmate. Initially it was reported that the attack only lasted briefly and that Kelly did not suffer any serious injuries, his lawyer paints a different picture, according to "Page Six".

Does he owe his life to cellmates?

According to lawyer Steven Greenberg, the attacker "repeatedly stamped on (Kelly's) head". In addition, the inmate was armed with a pen with which he wanted to inflict serious injuries on Kelly, it said. It was only thanks to the intervention of other cellmates that he could not "stab" Kelly, said Greenberg. According to the report, he is therefore demanding that his client be released on bail, as his security is not guaranteed.

R. Kelly is now in solitary confinement to protect him from similar attacks. The incident happened because the attacker was angry that the prison was allegedly sealed off due to protesting supporters of Kelly. "These unnecessary lockdowns helped create hostility against Mr. Kelly," said attorney Greenberg. He had therefore re-applied for the singer to be allowed to spend the time outside the prison until his trial began and instead to be monitored via an electronic ankle cuff. The competent court has not yet commented on this request.