Kelly moved from solitary confinement to general population


The Associated Press reports that US District Judge Harry D. Leinweber has established that the highly publicized sex-abuse case will begin on Monday, April 27, 2020.

The embattled singer's lawyer fought to get Kelly moved, citing in a court filing that he believed Kelly was being punished for his fame and that solitary was not meant for people in this stage of prosecution.

Kelly has been moved out of solitary confinement and into the general population at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Chicago, his attorney Steven Greenberg said on Tuesday.

Kelly faces 40 counts of sexual various state and federal sexual misconduct charges in Illinois, Minnesota and NY, from child pornography to the aggravated sexual assault.

Questions about the singer's jail conditions could still come up at Wednesday's hearing in a Chicago federal court. Several supporters waved as marshals led him back to jail and he nodded in their direction.

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Perhaps most important - for R. Kelly it seems - is the fresh air he'll be able to experience now with other prisoners during rec time.

Leonard said Kelly, if released, wanted to reside with two women who lived with him before his arrest, Joycelyn Savage and Azriel Clary.

Kelly is being held without bail, which is what Greenberg intends to fight next.

His next hearing is on September 18. She has denied that. Kelly has pleaded not guilty in all the cases but the one in Minnesota, where he will be arraigned later.

The federal case in Chicago is one of four sex-crime cases bearing down on the 52-year-old R&B performer, whose real name is Robert Sylvester Kelly.