Accused child pornographer R. Kelly is reportedly being held in solitary confinement in a Chicago prison, and is satisfied to remain there as he fears for his safety inside lockup.
Kelly’s lawyer Nicole Blank Becker told TMZ that Kelly says he feels safer in solitary confinement than in the general population, where he feels his life would be in danger.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, Kelly was arrested in Chicago last week and is now facing federal child pornography charges. As TMZ notes, prosecutors are believed to be in possession of sex tapes showing Kelly with underage girls.
Kelly was denied bail at a bond hearing on Tuesday. His lawyer told TMZ that in addition to fearing for his physical safety, Kelly is having trouble in prison in part because he purportedly cannot read or write. According to the TMZ report, Kelly cannot decipher what is on the commissary list.
He is also limited to 15 minutes on the phone each day.
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