R. Kelly reportedly feels safer in solitary confinement as he awaits his trial. However, his lawyer believes being secluded from the general prison population poses problems for the accused singer.
In the midst of the scandal that rocked his world and his recent arrest, R. Kelly still found reason to be grateful. He is reportedly happy to be in solitary confinement.
R. Kelly's mugshot after a previous arrest on February 22, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. | Source: Getty
Kelly is well aware that the crimes he’s accused of has gained him enemies behind bars. That being said, he fears for his life which is why being by his lonesome is a welcome treat for the troubled singer.
According to TMZ, Kelly’s lawyer, Nicole Blank Becker learned of Kelly’s sentiments after a recent visit to the federal prison he’s currently in. Becker revealed that Kelly believes his life is in danger and he feels safer in solitary confinement.
While the R&B singer whiles away his time in a jail cell alone, his lawyer is concerned this may not be in his best interest.
Kelly is currently in jail without bond after pleading not guilty to 13 federal charges in relation to sexual abuse. He was arrested last week following the discovery of tapes incriminating him to sexual crimes against minors.
The 52-year-old was denied bail during the preliminary hearing because the judge thinks he’s a flight risk and dangerous to the community. House arrest was declined as an option too believing Kelly is capable of enticing women to come to his home.
While the R&B singer whiles away his time in a jail cell alone, his lawyer is concerned this may not be in his best interest. According to Becker, solitary confinement leaves him with no one to rely on. Kelly cannot read or write and will need assistance to get by in prison. It doesn’t help that he has no supporters inside. Moreover, unlike those in the general prison population who have access to a phone anytime, Kelly’s is limited to 15 minutes a month. There is also no access to a television or the internet.
With a lot of quiet time to himself, this may be the perfect opportunity for the embattled singer to reflect on his case which accuses him of child pornography, enticement of a minor and obstruction of justice. He next hearing is still in September.