Disgraced musician R. Kelly is facing disturbing experiences in Chicago's prison.
The R'n'B superstar is in Chicago's downtown Metropolitan Correctional Center. The inmates showed that they don't condone his actions, and one of them viciously attacked R. Kelly.
According to lawyer Steve Greenberg, Jeremiah Farmer, 39, a Latin King street gang member, is caught on tape entering R. Kelly's cell, then attacking him, leaving him with cuts and bruises.
R. Kelly's lawyers claim the star's safety is in danger inside the Chicago facility where he's being held on sexual misconduct charges.
Greenberg also called for Kelly to be released on bail, stating that the prison system can't secure his safety. A federal judge previously denied a request from Kelly to be released due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Kelly, 53, is in jail at the Metropolitan Correctional Facility in Chicago. He faces charges in Illinois, Minnesota, and New York originating from alleged sexual abuses of underage girls
Kelly's alleged abuse started in 1994
27-year-old Kelly married the late singer Aaliyah, who was 15 at the time, in an illegal ceremony in Cook County, Illinois.
The two met when Aaliyah was only 12. Demetrius Smith, R. Kelly's tour manager, obtained faked documents so the two would get married, despite that the singer was underage.
The marriage was annulled in February 1995.
Neither Kelly nor Aaliyah commented on this incident. She sadly died in a plane crash when she was 22.
Sources claim that Kelly used a bribe to marry his teen protégée. During the docu-series "Surviving R. Kelly," many of his former employees witnessed the couple having sex. Yet, R. Kelly's star power was big enough to keep everyone's mouth shut.
Kelly's appetite for underage girls continues
Soon after the "divorce, in 1996, Tiffany Hawkins was ready to sue the superstar. She was fifteen at the time they met, while Kelly was twenty-four. Their relationship ended when she hit eighteen.
Hawkins claimed that Kelly was abusive, citing "personal injuries and emotional distress."
She dropped the charges after receiving 250,000 USD in a settlement.
The next alleged victim was Tracy Sampson, who was 17 at the time of her encounter with Kelly. She stated that Kelly forced her "into an indecent sexual relationship" in 2001.
At the time, Sampson worked as an intern for Epic Records. She claimed that Kelly made her feel like "an object," adding:
"He often tried to control every aspect of my life, including who I would see and where I would go."
Once again, the case was settled, with undisclosed payment.
First child pornography charges go back to 2002
Almost two decades ago, Kelly was in serious trouble with the law. He was slapped with two more lawsuits filed against him for inappropriate sexual activity. One included the videotaping and selling of a tape that he made without the woman's consent.
The star was charged with twenty-one counts of child porn. He was involved in videotaping and distributing sexual acts with minors. Of course, he claimed he was innocent.
The trial took six years, and Kelly got his star power back with the Trapped In The Closet album.
Many still refused to see him for what he really is. The jury finally decided that Kelly was not guilty, citing that no one could prove that the woman in question was underage. Yet, everyone in the courtroom knew her DOB, which stated she was born in 1984, and the videos were taken in the 90s.
You do the math.
R. Kelly's sex cult
People believed in R. Kelly. His controversial image and songwriting skills only made him bolder in his actions against young women.
Many saw him as a victim of racial discrimination, often comparing him to the late Michael Jackson. Kelly was perfect in his role as a victim full of flaws.
He would take young signers under his wings. By promising them careers, fame, and fortune, he wasn't just seducing the girls, but their parents as well.
But his actions had nothing to with music. Kelly took full control of their lives, "dictating what they eat, how they dress, when they bathe, when they sleep, and how they engage in sexual encounters."
Finally, in 2019, he was charged with two felony counts of prostitution and solicitation involving a girl under eighteen.
He pleaded not guilty in New York's court this August, but he was denied bail as he's considered a flight risk. Just a few days later, prosecutors in Minnesota filed prostitution charges against the star, so now he faces criminal cases in three states.
Kelly's lawyers working overtime
Greenberg claimed that Kelly's health is weakening, stating that his client wasn't getting proper medical treatment. Later, he would also argue that R. Kelly's worried about his safety and that he needs to be out on bail during the pandemic.
He added that Kelly's having a hard time since he's only allowed to see one lady friend at a time. The lawyer actually stated:
"Although he lives and has lived with two lady friends, only one of them is allowed to be on his visiting list, and after ninety days he's required to switch."
Though Kelly's not popular with many inmates, his attack came since an inmate was angry about the detention facility being placed on another lockdown.
Kelly's fans gathered around the facility to ask for justice, whatever that means in their world. Because, for the rest of us, the world's a better place when an alleged child molester is behind bars.