The inmate who allegedly attacked R. Kelly inside an Illinois jail cell planned to stab the singer during Wednesday’s violence incident, according to court records released Monday.
Attorney Steven Greenberg recently filed a motion requesting Kelly’s release from the Metropolitan Correctional Center. Greenberg claimed Kelly, 53, was sleeping when a “violent” inmate crept into the singer’s cell and stomped his head, the New York Post reported.
Greenberg also alleged the inmate — who has “f**k the feds” tattooed on his face — had an ink pen that he intended to use to stab Kelly.
“This is an inmate that never should have been anywhere near Mr. Kelly, an individual who is charged with the most violent of crimes, and one who plainly has no respect for the rules,” the attorney wrote, according to the Post.
Reports indicated that the inmate who allegedly attacked Kelly was angry because the detention facility was placed on lockdown a couple of times due to people outside protesting for the singer’s release.
Greenberg claimed Kelly was placed in solitary confinement following the violent incident, as it was the only way jail officials could ensure his safety. It’s not immediately known whether he currently remains in solitary confinement.
The judge has not yet responded to Greenberg’s motion regarding Kelly’s release.
Kelly has been jailed in Illinois since July 2019 for 26 federal charges which include child pornography, obstruction of justice, and sexual abuse of a minor. Kelly is also facing 21 sex-related criminal charges in Cook County. The state charges reportedly stem from allegations dating back to 1998 and involve at least three underage girls.
Kelly is also facing multiple federal charges in New York for allegedly infecting a woman and minor girl with herpes, racketeering, and sex trafficking that reportedly crossed state lines. In August 2019, authorities in Minnesota charged Kelly with two counts of prostitution with a person under 18 in connection with an alleged 2001 incident.
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[Featured image: R. Kelly/Cook County Sheriff’s Office]