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R. Kelly may file a federal lawsuit after a fellow inmate attacked him with a pen at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Chicago last week.

Kelly's attorneys will appeal to the government to release Kelly on home detention after he was nearly killed by another inmate in an unprovoked attack.

The 53-year-old "Trapped in the Closet" singer has not seen his attorneys in person since March.

Kelly's lawyers argue that he has been unable to prepare for his upcoming trial for nearly six months, due to restrictions amid the coronavirus pandemic that limits visitors to the jail.

Kelly's legal team may file a lawsuit citing the dangerous conditions at the jail after their client was attacked by a deranged inmate.

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The inmate, identified as Latin Kings gang member Jeremiah Farmer, allegedly attacked Kelly because he was upset over the lockdowns due to Kelly's fans protesting outside the jail.

In a handwritten letter to the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, titled, "The Government Made Me Attack R. Kelly," Farmer said he was "forced" to beat the R&B crooner.

"Farmer, with nowhere else to turn for legal help, was forced to assault hip-hop R&B singer Robert Kelly in hopes of getting spotlight attention and world news notice to shed the light on the government corruption," Farmer wrote.

He continued: "Due to the most blatant government corruption in Farmer's case, and being in lockdown for R. Kelly protest, I physically beat Mr. Kelly in an attempt to shed media spotlight on Farmer's case to prove government corruption and helping Farmer's innocence to prevail."

The letter will likely be included in a lawsuit filed against the Federal Bureau of Prisons which runs the jail.

Kelly's attorneys will plead for his release before the Second Circuit Court of Appeals on Friday.

Kelly was indicted on federal charges of child p0rnography, trafficking, and aggravated sexual abuse. He was taken into federal custody in July 2019.

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R. Kelly was viciously attacked by another inmate who jumped the famed R&B singer in his Chicago jail cell, TMZ reports.

Federal law enforcement sources with direct knowledge tell TMZ the incident occurred inside the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Chicago.

Kelly, 53, was sitting on his bed when another inmate walked into his unlocked cell and started punching him.

TMZ sources say the younger inmate went on the attack because he was angry about the detention facility being placed on lock down due to Kelly protesters outside the jail.

The fight didn't last long, and it's unclear if another inmate or guards broke it up. Our sources say Kelly was examined by a doctor, who determined the singer was okay, no broken bones or serious injuries.

A spokesperson for the Federal Bureau Of Prisons tells TMZ, it cannot comment on an individual inmate's conditions of confinement or medical status due to privacy and safety reasons.

Kelly's attorney, Steven Greenberg declined to discuss the incident with the gossip tabloid, and said Kelly's been a model inmate.

The "I Believe I Can Fly" singer was arrested in 2019 and charged with multiple counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse of minors.

He turned himself in at the Cook County Jail, and the facility's 6,100 inmates was on lockdown whenever Kelly was on the move there.

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Questlove and his band The Roots are in hot water after singer Jaguar Wright claims they were in the studio when R. Kelly seduced young girls a backroom.

In a livestream video, Wright, 43, claimed Questlove, real name Ahmir Thompson, was in a Philadelphia studio when the disgraced R&B singer seduced young girls in a back room.

In a video captioned, "Threatening me? I'm ready," Wright expressed regret for not speaking out about Kelly's alleged inappropriate behavior with young girls.

"Do you know how responsible I feel for all the women that I let get hurt because I didn't say nothing," she said.

"Look at R. Kelly... The Roots was around when that ni--a was in the A room, sending his mf driver off to go get girls..."

Wright went on to say "a member of The Roots" specifically told her to mind her own business if she wanted to keep her career.

The studio is about 5 miles from Simon Gratz High School, one of the schools mentioned by Wright in her video.

Kelly, 53, is currently in a Chicago detention facility awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges.

Questlove, the 49-year-old famed drummer for The Roots who served as in-house band for The Tonight Show, was among the celebrities who opted out of Lifetime's documentary series, Surviving R. Kelly, last year.

At the time, Questlove claimed he was being asked to acknowledge Kelly's "genius" as the reason for his refusal to appear in the documentary produced by journalist dream hampton.

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Wright shocked fans of rapper Common when she alleged he tried to sexually assault her while she was on tour with him.

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Patrick Jones served nearly half of a 30-year term for a non-violent drug conviction. He wrote a heartbreaking letter to a judge pleading with him to let him out so he could spend time with his wayward 16-year-old son.

Jones was sentenced to serve his time at the Federal Correctional Institute in Oakdale, Louisiana when his son was a baby.

Jones begged for a second chance to prove to the teenager and to society that he was more than just a number. "It is just a number to be forgotten in time," Jones wrote in a letter dated October 15.

The 49-year-old described himself as a "very good person. Caring, hardworking, free and clean of drugs and a lot smarter now, with a balanced outlook on life."

Just two days before Jones died of a reported coronavirus-related illness, Attorney General William Barr wrote a letter to the Federal Bureau of Prisons' Director Michael Carvajal instructing him to transfer non-violent, at-risk inmates to home confinement.

Prison reform activists say Jones's plea was ignored because he is Black.

Similar requests for compassionate release were made by other Black inmates and detainees, including singer R. Kelly and rapper YNW Melly, who claims he is dying from coronavirus in a Florida jail where he is awaiting trial on double murder charges.

Both Kelly and Melly's requests were denied.

On Monday, the American Civil Liberties Union filed a class-action lawsuit on behalf of Jones and other non-violent inmates who died in prison during the coronavirus outbreak.

"There is no time to spare," says the lawsuit.

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50 Cent promised to be a kinder, gentler social media troll after the tragic death of NBA star Kobe Bryant in a helicopter accident last month.

But the rapper-turned-TV executive, real name Curtis Jackson, went back on his word when he trolled Dwyane Wade's 12-year-old son, Zaya Wade, on Instagram.

Wade recently announced his son, Zion, now goes by the name Zaya and uses the feminine pronouns she/her.

On Monday, the 44-year-old rap mogul posted a meme on his Instagram page that shows Wade, 38, sitting next to incarcerated singer R. Kelly, 53, at a fashion show.

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A bubble above Kelly's head reads: "I heard you had a daughter now." Wade responds "U touch her I'll kill ya."

Fiddy captioned the meme: "LOL NOW THIS SOME FUNNY SH*T."

Kelly is currently in jail awaiting trial on charges of raping minors in Chicago and other cities. The charges date back to the 1990s.

Wade's wife, actress Gabrielle Union, 47, is fully supportive of her stepson, Zaya's mental illness.

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Azriel Clary, one of R. Kelly's long-suffering girlfriends is beginning the healing process after reuniting with her family, WENN.com reports.

Clary, best known as one of the incarcerated singer's "sister wives," danced with her family at a photo shoot for a reality TV series, titled "On the Run With Azriel."

The 21-year-old aspiring singer was the subject of Lifetime's documentary series, Surviving R. Kelly. In previous interviews, she vigorously defended him along with Kelly's other girlfriend Joycelyn Savage.

Despite Clary's family alleging that Kelly kept her away from them, Clary revealed on Monday that she's started the "healing process" with her loved ones.

"Surprise," Clary captioned a series of Instagram photos alongside her parents and siblings. "Let the healing process begin. Love yall and thank y'all I even thank everyone who follows me.. because you all believed in me when I could not believe for myself."

She added the hashtag "#movingontobetterdays".

Another photo shows Clary wearing colored contact lenses while sipping a watermelon daiquiri at Benihana.

Clary was recently involved in a brawl with her former sister wife Savage, who was charged with misdemeanor domestic battery after allegedly punching her when she arrived at Kelly's Trump Tower apartment in Chicago, Illinois to collect her belongings.

In a video that went viral on social media last week, Clary accused Savage of molesting her during three-way sex with Kelly when she was underage.

Kelly, 53, was arrested last year on a 13-count federal indictment for sexual abuse of minors in Chicago. He is also facing a racketeering and sex trafficking trial in New York.

He has pleaded not guilty to all charges.
 

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R. Kelly's girlfriends Azriel Clary, 20, and Joycelyn Savage, 25, brawled inside Kelly's Trump Tower condo in Chicago.

TMZ reports cops were called to the condo after the former sister wives came to blows on Wednesday. Azriel took to Instagram Live on Wednesday afternoon as she gathered her things to move out.

Azriel said she willingly had a threesome with Jocelyn and Kelly. But now she claims she was a minor when she participated in the threesome.

The fight broke out after she threatened to report Joycelyn to the police - since Kelly is already behind bars on a plethora of sex abuse charges.

Social media is convinced the fight is just a stunt to boost interest in a possible reality show involving the girls.

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Patreon shut down the account of a person alleging to be R. Kelly's long-suffering girlfriend Joycelyn Savage, 24. The account was disabled after the person behind the account failed to respond to requests to verify their identity.

"After multiple unsuccessful attempts to verify the identity of the account holder, we closed the Patreon page allegedly associated with Joycelyn Savage due to potential impersonation." Patreon said in a statement on Tuesday. "All patrons who signed up for the membership page were refunded and the creator did not receive any funds."

Savage, a native of Atlanta, Ga, met Kelly when she was a 19-year-old aspiring singer. She lived with Kelly and other members of his harem in a rental home in a suburb north of Atlanta.

Kelly, 52, was arrested earlier this year on 13 felony counts of child molestation and human trafficking. He is being held without bond in a Chicago jail.

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Savage, left, and another one of Kelly's former girlfriends, Azriel Clary, 21, denied allegations of abuse by Kelly in a televised interview with CBS earlier this year.

The women told CBS's Gayle King there was nothing inappropriate about their relationship with Kelly.

The person behind the account took to the site on Saturday, claiming to be Savage and accusing Kelly of abusing her and keeping her a prisoner in his home. The Patreon page was linked to Savage's Instagram account that has over 86,000 followers.

"I didn't have any type of privacy at all now that I think about it," she wrote. "If I showered one of his assistants would have to be by the door while I shower. I couldn‘t talk to my parents in private sometimes. I was told what to say on the phone to them."

The account has made a significant amount of money, with a reported 2,000 users signing up for membership, with fees ranging from $3 to $25 . If the account does turn out to be fake, the money will be returned.

So far, the real Joycelyn Savage has not come forward to confirm or deny the account is hers.

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Jocelyn Savage (or someone pretending to be her) appears to have turned on her longtime boyfriend R. Kelly. Jocelyn is selling her story now that the troubled singer is locked up with no chance of getting out in the foreseeable future.

In multiple interviews Jocelyn repeatedly defended Kelly after cops, acting on tips by parents, raided his Atlanta area home to conduct welfare checks on his harem.

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Jocelyn and Kelly's other girlfriend, Azriel Clary, right, eventually moved with him back to Chicago. "I just mainly want to say that I am in a happy place with my life and I'm not being brainwashed or anything like that," Jocelyn said in an interview after the raid.

Jocelyn's parents accused Kelly of giving her STDs and isolating her from her family. In interviews, Jocelyn said her own father introduced her to the singer when she was 15. Her father allegedly urged her to live with Kelly at age 17 to further her singing career.

As a result of all the publicity generated by the parents, Chicago authorities arrested Kelly on multiple charges including sexual abuse and human trafficking.

Now broke and on her last leg, Jocelyn is willing to throw Kelly under the bus for a dollar.

Kelly's lawyer Steve Greenberg echoed the sentiments of many who say she is an opportunist looking for a quick payout.

"It is unfortunate that Jocelyn now seeks to make money by exploiting her long time, loving relationship with Robert," he said in a statement to Variety.com.

"Obviously if she were to tell the truth no one would pay so she has, unfortunately, chosen to regurgitate the stories and lies told by others for her own personal profit. We know the real facts, and it was not until the money ran out that she decided anything was wrong. Hopefully people will see it for the obvious profiteering it is."

R. Kelly fans let Jocelyn know that they won't support a freeloader who is capable of getting a job to support herself.

Some of her followers left comments saying Popeyes and Chic-fil-A are hiring.
 

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R. Kelly's lawyers filed court papers begging for his release from prison after his health deteriorated behind bars.

The R&B singer/songwriter is reportedly suffering from a hiatal hernia and his physical condition is deteriorating.

A hiatal hernia is an opening in the diaphragm that allows the abdominal organs to protrude through the diaphragm into the chest. The condition can be fatal if not treated by a surgeon.

Every prison has medical staff and psychiatric staffs to treat patients. But a hiatal hernia can not be treated in jail.

Lawyers for the jailed singer have filed new documents in an effort to get their client the medical help he needs behind bars.

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In court documents, obtained by TMZ, the lawyers asked a judge to allow Kelly to be released on house arrest, where his physical condition would improve.

They also assured the judge that the "I Believe I Can Fly" singer will not intimidate witnesses if he is released and they insist he is not a flight risk, because he doesn't currently have access to his passport.

Kelly, 52, was arrested in Chicago earlier this year and charged with 18 new counts, including child sexual exploitation, child pornography production, kidnapping, forced labor, racketeering, and obstruction of justice.

He is also wanted on similar charges in New York and Minnesota.

In August, a Minnesota prosecutor charged Kelly with soliciting a minor and prostitution.

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R. Kelly got his wish to be moved from solitary confinement to general population in an Illinois federal lockup.

The troubled singer/songwriter was arrested on July 11 and charged with child sex abuse, child p0rnography and obstruction of justice.

U.S. District Judge Harry Leinenweber granted Kelly's lawyer's request to move Kelly to general population at a federal jail.

Kelly had complained that he was bored and unfairly being held in solitary confinement.

But jail officials argued that Kelly previously refused to move to general population. They also noted that he had a cellmate for several weeks after initially refusing a cellmate.

Kelly's attorneys are still asking a judge to reconsider a ruling that he be held without bail until his trial next year.

Kelly's former live-in girlfriends Azriel Clary, 21, and Joycelyn Savage, 23, are raising funds to hire high-powered attorney Tom Mesereau, who successfully defended Michael Jackson.

Kelly's current attorneys want him moved to a "secure facility" with Clary and Savage as his roommates.

His trial is scheduled for April 2020.