R. Kelly is barred from meeting with his lawyers in prison following confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Chicago, where he is being held at a correctional facility.
R. Kelly has faced another setback as he prepares for his upcoming trial date for several charges of illegal sexual activity mounted against him.
According to TMZ, he lawyers have been blocked from seeing him after they attempted to visit him at a correctional facility in Chicago, where he is being held without bond.
The prison in Chicago has been put on lockdown after cases of the coronavirus had been confirmed in certain parts of Chicago.
Prison officials made it clear that their decision to block his lawyer's entry was not personal, but instead part of the normal procedures being undertaken by corrections personnel with all prisoners.
R. Kelly chats with his legal team as he arrived at the Leighton Criminal Courthouse, on June 06, 2019, in Chicago, Illinois | Source: Nuccio DiNuzzo/Getty Images
A representative for the Bureau of Prisons in Illinois toldTMZ
that visits to prisoners will be suspended for the next 30 days and only certain legal meetings will be allowed based on specific cases.
Prison officials will be making taking the necessary measures to ensure that inmates get sufficient access to their lawyers. However, their main concern is preventing coronavirus exposure among inmates and the public.
It was revealed that his lawyers had made the visit to check up on his well-being and also discuss their legal strategy amid his mounting charges.
A week ago, R. Kelly was hit a nine-count superseding indictment that was filed on Friday with the US District Court in New York.
According to CNN, with the addition of his latest victim, he is now facing nine indictments, which include five counts of racketeering.
He is also facing four additional ones for violating the Mann Act because he is believed to have coerced and transported women across state lines in his illicit sexual activity.
The indictment filed by R. Kelly's latest victim has prompted the U.S. District Judge Harry Leinenweber to push back his trial date from April to October 13, 2020.
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