R. Kelly is said to have been put in a really bad spot by guards at the Chicago prison where he’s locked up, and all his concerns were going unheard before he got attacked.
The disgraced singer’s attorneys, Steven Greenberg and Nicole Blank Becker, told TMZ that a lot of the animosity towards Kelly within the Metropolitan Correctional Center was due to some of the prison guards telling the inmates that they had to go on lockdown because of protests outside the facility for R. Kelly.
Kelly’s legal team suggests it’s strange for guards to make such announcements, and believe this caused the other prisoners to become upset with him.
Three weeks before his attack, the singer says he overheard a fellow inmate outside his cell, talking on a phone and saying things indicating he might attack him.
According to R. Kelly’s side, he expressed his concerns the next day to a prison guard when he had to ride in the same elevator as the menacing inmate, saying he didn’t trust him. Nonetheless, they still let them ride together.
A few days later, the singer told a doctor from medical that he wished guards would stop telling everyone he’s the reason for lockdowns because the other inmates were getting mad.
Kelly claims he also told at least two other guards that he feared for his safety in the two-three weeks leading up to his attack, but says they didn’t take his concerns seriously.
When his story came out, a pissed off inmate walked into R. Kelly’s cell and began kicking him. Luckily the fight barely lasted and he didn’t suffer any major injuries, but the altercation shows he’s not immune to being a target of violence.
The Federal Bureau of Prisons has declined to comment on the incident, and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Illinois and the Eastern District of New York have not responded to requests for comment.