R. Kelly has been moved to the general population in his Chicago jail at his own request, according to prosecutors.
The “I Wish” singer was transferred out of a solitary housing unit Tuesday following an emergency motion from his attorneys saying their client had been unfairly treated behind bars because he was a celebrity.
The transfer sparked an irate letter from Chicago prosecutors, who claimed the embattled R&B legend wanted to be in solitary in the first place.
“Defendant stated that the MCC staff told him that he could ‘try it [general population] in a couple of days to see what it looked like but they can’t guarantee anything,’” prosecutors wrote, quoting from a recorded phone call Kelly placed on July 19 from Chicago’s Metropolitan Correctional Center, where he’s awaiting trial on child porn charges.
Prosecutors said prison officials planned for a safe move the moment Kelly first asked to leave solitary on Aug. 19.
“MCC staff did not deny the request but rather started to review the general population housing options. In fact, MCC staff took steps to ensure a safe transition to the general population by initiating a threat assessment to determine if there were any safety or security concerns with housing defendant in general population,” the filing reads.
Kelly’s defence attorneys made the emergency motion last Thursday, saying their client was getting no sunlight, no “meaningful interaction with other humans” and limited email and shower access.
By Damilola Faustino