R. Kelly really wants out of jail amid all this coronavirus drama. The “alleged” serial child-predator and sex trafficker tried extremely hard to get released from jail in Chicago where he’s currently awaiting trial. Jails are a very bad place to be during a global pandemic, so R. Kelly tried twice to get released into home confinement like some other criminals we know. He’s filed another request to be released from jail. This time he’s arguing that he owes so much money to the government that there’s no way he’ll flee.
R. Kelly is facing charges in Illinois, New York, and Minnesota, but his court dates have been pushed back due to the coronavirus outbreak. The first time R. Kelly asked to be let out of jail over COVID-19, the judge basically said, “Fuck that.” R. Kelly then asked again and argued that coronavirus had reached the jail he’s being held at, and so the risk is even more real. And now, they’ve filed more documents to try to free The Golden Shower Menace.
R. Kelly’s lawyers say that cases of coronavirus at the Chicago MCC, where he’s being held, have now doubled among staff and inmates. And according to TMZ, in legal documents, his lawyers claim that an inmate on R. Kelly’s floor was hospitalized with coronavirus. They argue that the risk of R. Kelly getting COVID-19 is high and the risk of him running is low. Why is that? He’s broke!
Prosecution claims that R. Kelly has means to flee the country since he made $200,000 in royalties just this year. Which is wild to me, like still? People are still streaming his shit? But his lawyers call bullshit. They say that’s how much money he makes before paying his team. And he also owes a lot of money.
R. Kelly’s lawyers say he owes the IRS $1,878,737.43, so there’s no way he can use any royalties he’s made to run away.
They also argue any money he DOES have can be restricted by the feds as condition of his release from jail. Kelly’s lawyers also point out while the feds were building a case against him, the singer “made absolutely no attempt to flee” and “never once failed to appear” in court.
I don’t see the IRS argument working out well for them. Like, oh yeah, why would a guy with mounting legal issues in three states and millions of dollars in debt flee the country? That’s the definition of a flight risk. We already know his ass can get a fake ID when he wants to.