R. Kelly has had enough of jail. The embattled singer wants to be released as he awaits trial for sexual misconduct. According to documents obtained by TMZ, Kelly’s team is claiming that his health is fading and he needs to be released.
The documents claim he suffers from anxiety, numbness in one hand and an untreated hernia. His lawyer, Steve Greenberg, also says that the Grammy Award-winning singer is not receiving proper medical attention and only one person, his girlfriend Azriel Clary, is the only person allowed to visit him.
Greenberg also revealed that Kelly is miserable because he is illiterate and severely limited by his inability to read or write. Kelly is unable to read his Bible or the fan mail he receives. He does not have access to a TV or radio because he’s currently in solitary confinement at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Chicago.
Kelly asked a judge to place him in solitary confinement so that he would not be attacked by other inmates. He can only communicate with the guards who patrol his cell block.
In July, Kelly asked a judge to grant him permission to have a personal computer in his cell so that he can record his next album. The request eventually was denied.
Kelly has been charged with aggravated criminal sexual assault, criminal sexual assault and aggravated criminal sex abuse. The four aggravated criminal sexual assault charges are felonies that could carry prison terms of up to 30 years.
He remains behind bars after he was not allowed a bond due to prosecutors’ claims that he is “an extreme danger to the community, especially minor girls.”
Kelly’s lawyer says that his client is not a flight risk and would not be in contact with underage girls if he is allowed to be released.