R. Kelly Is Appealing a Judge’s Decision To Keep Him Jailed While He Awaits Trial Despite Being Denied Release Three Times

If “never give up was a person,” it would look like R. Kelly. Despite being denied early release as he awaits trial for various sex trafficking charges, the accused pedophile continues to plead with a judge and file appeals on the decision. Kelly’s legal team is asking a judge once more as the year anniversary of him being jailed approaches. He has at least two trials in two different states set to begin this fall. 

R. Kelly in court
R. Kelly 2019 | Antonio Perez – Pool via Getty Images

R. Kelly has already been denied early release three times

Kelly has tried every imaginable justification in his requests to be released from prison while he awaits trial. He initially complained that due to coronavirus, he was banned from having visitors as the prison implemented a new policy to stop all outside visitation to try and protect inmates from coronavirus. 

R. Kelly in court
R. Kelly in court 2019 | Antonio Perez – Pool via Getty Images

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Though Kelly was not the only inmate to have visitors turned away, he is allegedly the only one making a major fuss over the new rule. Prior to the lockdown, his legal team was visiting him almost daily to update him on his cases. Kelly’s lawyers previously made it known that in-person meetings are necessary for Kelly due to the singer’s illiteracy.

He later tried for an early release alleging that he was at an increased risk of contracting the coronavirus and complained about the lack of hygiene products made accessible to him in prison. 

R. Kelly files a new appeal to be released from prison as he awaits trial

A judge denied Kelly’s requests. Prosecutors presented evidence that Kelly is a flight risk. Despite the singer alleging he is flat broke, prosecutors noted that he’s generated over $200k in 2020 from his musical catalog. They also allege that Kelly has a history of intimidating his alleged victims and that he serves as a threat to them and other women and children.

Kelly shot back and said there was no way he could contact victims due to several victims in his current trials not being named. He also listed his ex-girlfriend, Azriel Clary, cutting off communication with him, as a reason. Kelly cited singer Aaliyah, explaining he served no threat to her as she is deceased. Kelly and Aaliyah were allegedly married when she was 15 and he was 27 and prosecutors have mentioned the case and others pointing to Kelly’s long history of alleged abuse of minors.

R. Kelly and Aaliyah
R. Kelly and Aaliyah via Twitter

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Kelly’s team has gone back to the judge with another early release request. Bossip exclusively reported that his team filed paperwork on June 1 to appeal the last ruling. The feds have yet to respond to Kelly’s notice to appeal. It’s not surprising to many that the singer is trying again as his attorney made it known that an appeal would be filed. 

When will R. Kelly’s trials begin?

Kelly is facing charges in a number of states, including New York, Illinois, Florida, and Minnesota. His New York sex trafficking trial, which was set to start in April, and then again in July, has been postponed to September.

Kelly’s defense team, as well as the prosecution, prefers that his New York trial starts before his trial in Chicago, which is scheduled for October. In Illinois, he’s facing charges of child pornography.