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R. Kelly New York Trial Date Set for April, Attorney Says Singer’s Mental Health is Impacted by Incareration

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The R. Kelly trial appears to soon get underway. Billboard reports the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York has set jury questionnaires to be distributed between March 15 and March 25, 2021, jury selection begins April 6 and the trial kicks off on April 7.

In the state of New York Kelly is facing racketeering, coercion of a minor, transportation of a minor, and coercion to engage in illegal sexual activity relating to six different victims in crimes that spans two decades.

Donnelly requests the jury is partially sequestered for the duration of the trial. “He is charged with leading a criminal enterprise that paid out large sums over the past two decades to bribe witnesses and cover up his misconduct, and he faces a significant prison term if convicted,” wrote Donnelly of the conditions.

Michael I. Leonard, attorney for Kelly, spoke to Billboard and called the precautions taken “bizarre” and “inappropriate.” Leonard would go on to detail Kelly’s incarceration has affected his mental health.

“In terms of his mental well-being, I think he’s suffering under these COVID conditions because they had an enormous outbreak previously,” Leonard says. “It’s not a good environment to be in.”

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Kanye West: White Media Took Down Bill Cosby, R. Kelly, Michael Jackson

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Kanye West continued his Twitter rant today after a tumultuous social media weekend, demanding an apology from J. Cole, Drake, and Kendrick and even comparing himself to famed slavery abolitionist Harriet Ross Tubman.

In today’s continuum, Ye insists that white media corporations set agendas to take down Black male celebrities such as Michael Jackson and Bill Cosby. The cultural icon also suggested that a Black-owned media company would and could never take down a white celebrity in the same fashion.

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Yeezy continued on in this morning’s rant about artists owning their masters, adding his daughter will “do nothing but put emojis up for the rest of her life” because he owns his masters and his children will inherit them.

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Kanye West: White Media Took Down Bill Cosby, R. Kelly, Michael Jackson

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Kanye West continued his Twitter rant today after a tumultuous social media weekend, demanding an apology from J. Cole, Drake, and Kendrick and even comparing himself to famed slavery abolitionist Harriet Ross Tubman.

In today’s continuum, Ye insists that white media corporations set agendas to take down Black male celebrities such as Michael Jackson and Bill Cosby. The cultural icon also suggested that a Black-owned media company would and could never take down a white celebrity in the same fashion.

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Yeezy continued on in this morning’s rant about artists owning their masters, adding his daughter will “do nothing but put emojis up for the rest of her life” because he owns his masters and his children will inherit them.

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R. Kelly Requests Release on Bail Following Jail Attack

R. Kelly Requests Release on Bail Following Jail Attack

R. Kelly was attacked by an inmate last week and believes he should be released on bail because of it.

The singer’s attorney, Michael I. Leonard, filed a motion stating that not only did correction officers fail to protect his client, but they encouraged the other inmate to attack him.

To back up his motion, Leonard provided a handwritten letter by the inmate who has been identified as Jeremiah Farmer, and confessed that the government made him attack the disgraced singer.

Farmer told mental health professionals at the facility about his plans and he was told to “go do it.”

Farmer says he was “forced to assault hip-hop R&B singer Robert Kelly #09627-035 in hopes of getting spotlight attention and world news notice to shed light on the government corruption.”

Another member of R. Kelly’s legal team, Douglas C. Anton, says the singer was not doing well after the attacked and suffered injuries.

Several requests were made for Kelly to be released but they’ve all been denied. Kelly’s team tried to use preparation for trial and the COVID-19 outbreak as arguments to get released.

Let’s see if his request will get approved this time.

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R. Kelly’s Attacker Is Latin Kings Gang Member Who Faced Trial for Double Murder

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Last month, disgraced R&B crooner R. Kelly made headlines after sustaining a beating at the hands of another inmate in the Chicago, Illinois Metropolitan Correctional Center (MCC).

Initially, few details emerged about the assault Kelly sustained when the first reports about his beating became public. MCC officials confirmed that Kelly’s placement in protective custody was a procedural move, which is undertaken when high-profile inmates become involved in disputes and fear for their lives.

Now it’s being reported that Kelly’s assailant has been identified as 39-year-old Jeremiah Farmer, a member of the Latin Kings, a notoriously violent street gang. Last year, Farmer was convicted on racketeering charges, which was initially an indictment that outlined a horrific double-murder conspiracy prosecutors linked him to. The case evolved in 1999 after the bloodied bodies of two men were found dead inside their automobile business.

The Chicago Sun-Times newspaper reported that Farmer filed a six-page document with the Seventh U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. In the document, Farmer justified why he attacked Kelly.

“[I assaulted Kelly with the] hopes of getting spotlight attention and the world news’ notice to shed light on [corruption committed by the U.S. government],” he wrote in his filing.

Kelly is currently in federal custody at MCC awaiting trial on multiple crimes, including aggravated sexual assault and racketeering charges. However, the Grammy Award-winning musician has been serving time in a segregation unit after he was battered by another MCC inmate following a jailhouse altercation between the two men.

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R. Kelly is Reportedly in Solitary Confinement Following Jail Attack

R. Kelly is Reportedly in Solitary Confinement Following Jail Attack

TMZ reported that R. Kelly was attacked by a frustrated inmate on Thursday afternoon. “My understanding is, every time there is a pro-R. Kelly protest outside of the jail, they lock down the entire facility,” Kelly’s attorney said during a brief interview with Page Six.

“When they do this, inmates don’t get their commissary, they don’t get their shower, stuff like that and since they’re fairly sporadic anyway, they get upset. So they’re penalizing everyone in the facility because people are protesting in support of Kelly.”

Unfortunately, the prison was put on lockdown as another protest was sparked and as a result, an inmate put the paws on the disgraced singer.

The “I Believe I Can Fly” singer was transferred to solitary confinement for his own protection. “That’s the only place they can protect him,” said Steven Greenberg said.

“I’m still very concerned because sure this time the guards were able to quickly stop something from happening but what happens if someone goes in his cell with a shank or something like that? Or the guards are busy doing something else?” Greenberg said.

“We were fortunate this time but who’s to say next time?”

R. Kelly is awaiting trial for charges stemming from child sex abuse. His legal team made several petitions to try to get him released due to the coronavirus pandemic, but all those requests have been declined.

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R. Kelly Reportedly Got Attacked by Inmate in Jail

R. Kelly is Reportedly in Solitary Confinement Following Jail Attack

R. Kelly was reportedly attacked while he was in his cell by another inmate. TMZ reports that the other inmate was aggravated about the prison’s lockdowns as a result of the disgraced singer’s protestors outside.

The outlet reports that the fight didn’t last long and Kells didn’t suffer any injuries and he’s doing okay.

The Federal Bureau Of Prisons declined to tell the outlet his medical status due to privacy and safety precautions.

R. Kelly’s attorney, Steven Greenberg, declined to comment on the incident.

The Chocolate Factory singer pleaded not guilty to a 13-count federal indictment that includes child pornography charges, the sexual exploitation of children, and conspiracy to defraud the U.S. government, as well as the coercion or enticement of a female.

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R. Kelly’s Manager Threatened to Shoot Up ‘Surviving R. Kelly’ NYC Screening

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According to several confirmed reports, R. Kelly’s manager, Donnell Russell, has been federally charged with two counts with threatening physical harm by interstate after threatening to shoot up the Manhattan theater that was screening the controversial documentary Surviving R. Kelly.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office, Southern District of New York claim that Russell called the NeueHouse theater on Dec. 4, 2018, with threats to shot up the theater, prompting the screening to be cancelled. A quote from The Hollywood Reporter stated, “Russell, according to authorities, tried legal means — such as sending a cease and desist order — before he allegedly called the theater and told an employee an armed individual would open fire if the screening was held.”

U.S. Attorney Audrey Strauss said, “Threats of gun violence aimed at intimidating and silencing victims of sexual abuse are unlawful as well as unacceptable,” adding, “We are committed to aggressively investigating and prosecuting such crimes.”

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Feds Find $1.2 Mil in Hidden Bank Account Controlled by R. Kelly

Feds Find $1.2 Mil in Hidden Bank Account Controlled by R. Kelly

Just one day after three men were charged with harassment and threats to witness, R. Kelly is caught in another issue as federal prosecutors have located a bank account hiding $1.2 million.

According to the Chicago Sun-Times, Kelly opened the bank account in someone else’s name to stash the money after reporting that he did not have any income. Kells is stated to have been recorded on jail calls ordering the person the account was named after “to receive payments indirectly form Kelly.”

Kelly has spent over a year in federal custody at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Chicago and was set to start trial this fall. He is accused of child pornography and obstruction of justice in Chicago, while Brooklyn courts charged him with racketeering. The Chicago trial is currently being asked to be delayed, citing the pandemic could create logistical issues that could lead to a mistrial.

Previously Kelly petitoned to be released due to concerns of COVID-19 with his attorneys citing a lack of funds to attempt to flee. The new findings of hidden cash do not help that stance.

In 2019, Kelly opened a bank account with a business called SomeBrotherLuv LLC and assigned the funds from his royalties to go to that account.

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Feds Find $1.2 Mil in Hidden Bank Account Controlled by R. Kelly

Feds Find $1.2 Mil in Hidden Bank Account Controlled by R. Kelly

Just one day after three men were charged with harassment and threats to witness, R. Kelly is caught in another issue as federal prosecutors have located a bank account hiding $1.2 million.

According to the Chicago Sun-Times, Kelly opened the bank account in someone else’s name to stash the money after reporting that he did not have any income. Kells is stated to have been recorded on jail calls ordering the person the account was named after “to receive payments indirectly form Kelly.”

Kelly has spent over a year in federal custody at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Chicago and was set to start trial this fall. He is accused of child pornography and obstruction of justice in Chicago, while Brooklyn courts charged him with racketeering. The Chicago trial is currently being asked to be delayed, citing the pandemic could create logistical issues that could lead to a mistrial.

Previously Kelly petitoned to be released due to concerns of COVID-19 with his attorneys citing a lack of funds to attempt to flee. The new findings of hidden cash do not help that stance.

In 2019, Kelly opened a bank account with a business called SomeBrotherLuv LLC and assigned the funds from his royalties to go to that account.

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