CHICAGO – R & b star under siege R. Kelly was attacked Wednesday by an inmate at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Chicago, according to his attorney Steve Greenberg.
Greenberg said they were not aware of the extent of his injuries and had not received any information from federal prison.
TMZ reported an inmate entered R. Kelly’s cell and started beating him. The report, which cites anonymous federal law enforcement sources, says the inmate attacked R. Kelly because he was angry that the facility is sometimes locked up because of protesters from R. Kelly.
The Grammy-winning musician has pleaded not guilty to dozens of state and federal sexual misconduct charges in Illinois, Minnesota and New York.
In April, a federal judge rejected R. Kelly’s release request in prison due to COVID-19.
“Either way, it’s time to release Mr. Kelly,” Greenberg said in an email. “The government can’t keep him safe, and they can’t give him his day in court. We should not be incarcerating people indefinitely because we cannot provide them with due process. ”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.