The embattled singer, who faces a slew of child porn and sex-trafficking charges, was excused because the infection had cost him his toenail, attorney Steve Greenberg told The Post following a court appearance before US District Judge Harry Leinenweber.
“He’s fine,” Greenberg said of Kelly.
During a brief hearing, Leinenweber said he’d rule later on motions to dismiss some charges and reconsider bond for the 52-year-old R&B crooner, who is detained without bond at a jail two blocks from the courthouse.
While Kelly can walk and is wearing a boot while he heals, Greenberg said his client was receiving less-than-stellar care behind bars.
“Nobody get proper medical care in jail,” the lawyer said.
Kelly has pleaded not guilty to federal charges against him in Chicago and New York, where he is accused of a racketeering scheme to sexually abuse girls. Leinenweber set Kelly’s next hearing for Feb. 13.
In the Big Apple earlier this month, Kelly was denied bail by Brooklyn federal Judge Ann Donnelly, who noted that he is accused of committing crimes involving “very young girls,” his finances are “murky, to say the least” and the proposed home detention “certainly would do nothing to deter him” from intimidating witnesses.
The judge set a May 18 trial start and said the proceeding is expected to last about three weeks.
In Chicago, his indictment alleges that he conspired with two former associates — Derrel McDavid and Milton “June” Brown — to rig his 2008 child porn trial by paying off witnesses and victims to change their stories.
Kelly, whose full name is Robert Sylvester Kelly, is scheduled to go on trial in the Windy City in April. He has pleaded not guilty to all the charges.