The “Ignition” crooner was sleeping in his cell at the Metropolitan Correctional Center last Wednesday when the “violent” inmate crept in and started “stomping on [Kelly’s] head, repeatedly,” according to a motion filed by Kelly’s attorney Steven Greenberg asking the court to release him on bail.
Greenberg alleged the inmate also had “an ink pen with him that he was going to use to stab Mr. Kelly” but others grabbed him before he could use it.
“This is an inmate that never should have been anywhere near Mr. Kelly, an individual who is charged with the most violent of crimes, and one who plainly has no respect for the rules, he has the phrase ‘Fu** The Feds’ tattooed on his face,” Greenberg’s motion went on.
Greenberg said Kelly “mostly remains in his cell… to ensure his own safety” but jail officials placed him in solitary confinement following the attack because it was the only way he could be protected. It’s not clear if Kelly is still in solitary confinement.
The inmate who attacked the singer was allegedly upset over recent lockdowns caused by pro-R Kelly protests outside of the jail, Greenberg said.
“To-date, there have been at least a half-dozen of these displays of support outside of the MCC, always peaceful,” the attorney wrote in the motion.
“These unnecessary institutional lockdowns have needlessly promoted animosity towards Mr. Kelly. Notably, the institution does not go into lockdown during other, violent, downtown protests or during citywide looting.”
Kelly’s legal team has repeatedly petitioned the courts to release him on bail as he awaits trial on a series of child sex abuse charges but all of those requests have been denied.
Following the attack, Greenberg took up that fight again Monday and proposed having the artist live in an apartment with his girlfriend close to the courthouse and with electronic monitoring.
The government and the judge presiding over the case are yet to file responses to the motion.