New details surrounding the life of R. Kelly since being put behind bars have left people shocked...
And it seems as if the disgraced singer isn't doing so well in the Chicago prison he's been locked up in.
Because it has been reported he's been having a rough time.
Reports suggest R. Kelly has been treated unfairly in prison, as well as being targeted by other inmates.
And, in more extreme instances, even attacked. But that's not all.
Here's everything we know...
Now, this horrific story began in 1994.
The couple met when Aaliyah was only twelve years old and Kelly was twenty-four...
20 years ago, Vibe prints marriage certificate of Aaliyah & R. Kelly, states she is 18 yrs old. She was 15. He was 28 http://t.co/AbIBbknfIS— Steven James (@Steven James)1420214448.0
For the rest of their careers, neither Kelly or Aaliyah spoke of their marriage...
And when Aaliyah sadly died in a plane crash, he described her as his "best, best, best, best friend," but said that he "will never" speak of their marriage out of respect for his ex-wife and her parents who asked him specifically not to.
A year later, Kelly then found himself in another messy situation.
In 1996, Tiffany Hawkins decided, after their 3-year relationship, that she was going to sue him for "personal injuries and emotional distress" during that entire period.
She was fifteen at the time they met, while Kelly was twenty-four. Their relationship ended when she hit eighteen.
After settling on a $250,000 dollar deal, she dropped the charges...
In a legal case, she revealed some disturbing details.
The former intern for Epic Records said she felt like "an object" and "was cast aside" except for when Kelly summoned her for sexual relations.
"He often tried to control every aspect of my life including who I would see and where I would go."
This case was settled with another undisclosed payment.
And Kelly didn't stop there, because, a year later, things got dramatically worse...
The singer found himself swimming in the deep end with 2 more lawsuits filed against him for inappropriate sexual activity, including the videotaping and selling of a tape that he made of a woman without her consent.
And, in that same year, he was also charged for child p*rnography.
The star was charged with twenty-one counts of child p*rn - the details revealed that he was videotaping and distributing sexual acts involving minors, which he claimed he did not do.
Because the actual trial took 6 years, Kelly was able to release his successful Trapped In The Closet album, which claimed the hearts of global audiences.
This was important because it would have swayed the jury who found him "not guilty."
But, when a detailed report of his "sex cult" emerged, the world started piecing things together.
R Kelly was 27 years old when he married a 15 year old Aaliyah. That’s being a pedophile. I don’t need to watch a d… https://t.co/2qmf2caCUB— Natural Born Socialist aka The BoogyMan (@Natural Born Socialist aka The BoogyMan)1569845705.0
And, in December 2019, he was finally charged.
Appearing in a New York court, Kelly pleaded not guilty...
But was denied bail on the grounds that he posed a flight risk.
Days later, prosecutors in Minnesota filed prostitution charges against the disgraced singer, meaning he is facing criminal cases in 3 states.
And while his lawyer has been pleading with the system to let him go...
Reports have come out that prison isn't quite his cup of tea.
During his time behind bars, Kelly has turned fifty-four.
On January 8th, 2020, Kelly celebrated his fifty-third birthday in jail and this year was no exeption.
During the start of the pandemic, in March 2020, Kelly actually asked to be set free due to health concerns.
Lawyers wrote: "The health risk to Mr. Kelly, because of his age and existing health issues, especially considering the conditions at the MCC, necessitates his release on bail." They also argued that "the courts have long recognized that there is no greater necessity than keeping a defendant alive, no matter the charge."
Despite his plea, in April 2020, Judge Ann M. Donnelly ruled that Kelly would remain in prison...
Because he's "a flight risk and poses a danger to the community, especially prospective witnesses."
Back In August 2019, Kelly's lawyers yet again petitioned for his release from solitary confinement, claiming he had "no meaningful interaction with other humans."
He apparently spent "no time outside getting sunlight," and even complained he couldn't buy snacks, despite other inmates being allowed to.
However, these claims were shut down by prosecutors who said Kelly "has had a cellmate for quite some time despite his initial refusal. In fact, he has had more than one cellmate so far."
They even revealed in September 2019 the "defendant had access to indoor recreation 3 times a week, though it was not outdoors on the rooftop" and that he had "7 social visits" to date.
As for snacks, they added that he "purchased items from the commissary, including snacks such as Snickers" and that "MCC staff have taken steps to ensure [the] defendant's safety, and in doing so, have treated him with dignity and respect."
Well, in August 2020, he was placed back in solitary confinement for his own safety after being attacked in his cell...
According to sources, an inmate attacked Kelly because he was mad that the protests, caused by his sentencing, resulted in the facility going into lockdown
Kelly's lawyer, Steve Greenberg, instantly used his attack to get him released.
"We have not been provided any information from the jail, nor has Mr. Kelly called," he tweeted, adding, "Regardless, it is time to release Mr. Kelly. The government cannot ensure his safety, and they cannot give him his day in court," he argued. "We should not incarcerate people indefinitely because we cannot provide them with due process!"
Instead, MCC put Kelly in solitary confinement. "That's the only place they can protect him," Greenberg said, adding: "My understanding is, every time there is a pro-R. Kelly protests outside of the jail, they lock down the entire facility. 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."
And you wouldn't believe what else was mentioned...
Don't believe me?
Steve Greenberg said this:
"Although he lives and has lived with 2 lady friends, only one of them is allowed to be on his visiting list, and after ninety days he's required to switch."
Kelly appears to have a lot of lawyers on his side, however.
Following the attack in his cell, yet another lawyer spoke out in his defense that "fear and terror have left him petrified and paranoid."
Nicole Blank Becker claimed Kelly "can't sleep and is now afraid to leave his jail cell during the 2 hours he's permitted daily to venture out. His insomnia is serious," she continued, adding, "He's even afraid to get his hair cut." Becker also alleged that the singer "is scared for his life," that he's "terrified," and that "he's gained a lot of weight since COVID-19 due to lack of exercise."
Becker also shared a different side of the attack that occurred in Kelly's cell, saying he was "lying down with a blanket covering his face and wearing ear pods on the bottom tier of a bed bunk when someone wearing shoes entered his unlocked cell and began to stomp and kick his face."
She later called the decision to keep him locked up: "tremendously unfair."
She argued, "He's stuck in jail and can't get a trial because of the pressure of COVID-19 on the prison system; he can't have contact with the outside world; he lives in a tiny little cell in fear of his own safety, and he suffers from headaches from being beaten up physically," she said.
Kelly was set to face charges in Brooklyn federal court in July 2020, but Judge Ann M. Donnelly rescheduled it for September due to the pandemic...
This caused his Chicago federal trial to be pushed back once more.
Come August, jury trials had resumed in Chicago... but this didn't mean Kelly kept his court date.
Prosecutors petitioned the court to postpone his hearing, noting the difficulty of keeping everyone safe. They also argued that the trial "would draw thirty-four or thirty-six people to a courtroom, not counting spectators" and that the risks were too high.
U.S District Judge Harry Leinenweber agreed, concluding: "physically, it seems to be virtually impossible to proceed to trial in October."
Kelly's lawyer, Steve Greenberg, argued that "Mr. Kelly shouldn't have to rot away in jail just because the government doesn't want their witnesses to spend a short time in quarantine."
Trying their best to get R. Kelly out of prison, his lawyers have asked for his release a total of 6 times, all of which have been denied.
Most recently, they petitioned the Appeals in September 2020, arguing that the singer hadn't been able to prepare for 6 months, so he should be released.
This is a developing story and updates will be posted accordingly.