According to multiple reports, the singer is better off than many citizens of the United States who are still at risk of getting the virus — after he recently received his second shot — making him fully vaccinated from Coronavirus.
Apparently, the Bureau of Prisons which runs the MCC Chicago facility where Kelly is currently housed, gave the singer his second shot in the past few days, after receiving the first round in January.
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According to the BOP, 63 inmates at the same facility have been fully vaccinated along with 128 staff members.
It’s unclear what qualifies R.Kelly for receiving such an important vaccine, considering many in the U.S. have not been fortunate enough to get one yet. The infamous singer is 47 years old and is awaiting trial on crimes related to sex with minors. So, why him?
Well, as we reported, Kelly has been trying to get released from prison due to the ongoing pandemic due to the risk of contracting the disease in prison.
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At the time, R. Kelly argued he was in a vulnerable position at the Chicago facility after an inmate on his floor was recently hospitalized for COVID-19.
The singer also argued he was not a flight risk because he doesn’t have the funds to flee. He pointed out he owes nearly $2 million in back taxes and any money he makes from royalties goes to his bills.
The judge denied the requests, saying, “They cannot ensure that a defendant with a history, incentive, and opportunity to interfere with potential witnesses will not do so.”
So, it appears based on the risk of being in a confined space behind bars — somehow, Kelly was eligible to get the vaccine.
We are guessing this isn’t going to sit well with many citizens.
The announcement came on the heels of Kelly’s trial being delayed for the fourth time due to Coronavirus concerns. The singer is scheduled to go on trial for racketeering charges — which alleged he ran a criminal enterprise designed to recruit women for sexual misconduct.
A federal judge in his case indicated that holding a trial in such an environment is “not realistic at all.”
Again, we are guessing not everyone is going to be happy about this one…