The latest attempt by R. Kelly to get out of prison on bail sees his lawyer claiming the singer is “likely diabetic” and is at a high risk of serious complications in the event of his contracting COVID-19.
The legal documents filed last Friday by Kelly’s attorney Steven Greenberg say the singer just learned he tested “1/10 of one point below diabetic, at the very top of the high risk category.”
Greenberg claims the overweight Kelly, who suffers from high blood pressure and cholesterol issues as well, is at high risk of serious complications if infected with the coronavirus.
Greenberg pleads with Judge Ann Donnelly for an immediate release of the singer, considering his health and says he is not a flight risk.
He also says the situation requires immediate action because the prison has not been upfront regarding the outbreak of COVID-19 in the facility and the authorities have intentionally misrepresented the amount of cases they have.
“The simple fact is that it appears that there is a serious spread within the BOP and this institution,” Greenberg says in the memo.
Greenberg added that the singer would live at a Chicago apartment complex if released on bond, and that he would submit to any release conditions including wearing a GPS electronic monitoring device as well as restricted internet and cell phone access.
“Mr. Kelly is presumed innocent, his case is defensible, and he does not have any criminal record,” said Greenberg in his motion to the court.
The government has released a letter opposing R. Kelly’s latest motion for bond because of the risk of COVID-19. The letter says the defendant has “failed to provide a compelling reason warranting his temporary release.”
U.S. Attorney Richard P. Donoghue had previously opposed Kelly’s release because the singer did not have any underlying medical conditions and also called him a flight risk and a danger to the community.
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