R. Kelly is said to have been put in solitary confinement after he was attacked by a fellow inmate inside a Chicago prison.
According to reports, on Wednesday, a disgruntled inmate, furious over lockdowns caused by R. Kelly, came into his cell and started attacking him.
Guards are thought to have broken up the altercation quickly and Kelly was not seriously injured.
R. Kelly’s lawyer, Steven Greenberg said: “I’m still very concerned because sure this time the guards were able to quickly stop something from happening but what happens if someone goes in his cell with a shank or something like that? Or the guards are busy doing something else? We were fortunate this time but who’s to say next time?”
“My understanding is, everytime there is a pro-R. Kelly protest outside of the jail, they lock down the entire facility,” the lawyer said during a brief interview with The New York Post.
“When they do this, inmates don’t get their commissary, they don’t get their shower, stuff like that and since they’re fairly sporadic anyway, they get upset. So they’re penalizing everyone in the facility because people are protesting in support of Kelly.” He added
Following the best down, the singer was moved to solitary confinement for his own safety.
Kelly is awaiting trial on a series of child sex abuse charges and has repeatedly petitioned the courts to release him amid the coronavirus pandemic but those requests have all been rejected.
He has been held at the jail awaiting trial since last July and has pleaded not guilty to all counts.