R Kelly requests release from prison again

R Kelly

R. Kelly has requested to be released from jail again amid the coronavirus pandemic after his first request earlier this month was denied.

The Ignition hitmaker was recently denied bail when he asked to be released from Chicago’s Metropolitan Correctional Centre where he is being held on charges that include sex trafficking, racketeering and child pornography.

But the initial decision hasn’t stopped him from filing a renewed emergency motion to be released. TMZ reports Kelly is now claiming the threat of the virus is bigger now than it was when he first filed earlier this month.

Kelly and his legal team say that when he first asked to be let out, the court noted there were no confirmed cases of COVID-19 at the MCC, but according to their motion, that has now changed.

The disgraced singer claims there are now at least six confirmed cases among inmates, as well as a further seven members of staff.

Kelly argues that if he doesn’t get released, it’s an “absolute probability” he “will be infected with this deadly disease”. Kelly has also insisted he will agree to 24/7 surveillance and GPS monitoring to make sure he doesn’t go anywhere other than home or meet with anyone other than his lawyers.