R. Kelly is attempting, yet again, to be released from prison, and this time he is claiming he is at extremely high risk for Covid-19 because he is an overweight diabetic with high blood pressure.
According to new legal documents, obtained by The Blast, the disgraced singer is begging the judge in his criminal case to release him from prison, saying he just received back new medical tests that say he is pretty much a diabetic.
In a letter, sent to the judge, the singer says — “The test reveals that he is 1/10 of one point below diabetic, at the very top of the high-risk category. It is a fact that people who are diabetic are at a much higher risk for serious complications should they be infected with Covid 19.”
But, there’s more…
R. Kelly is also claiming he “suffers from high blood pressure and cholesterol issues. These conditions also make him a higher risk for bridging the 1/10th and having diabetes, as does the fact he’s overweight.
He continued, “In the current environment, they are not taking any medical action to mitigate any of these conditions. They let a month pass before sharing the results. It only makes sense that given the absence of any knowledge on his part, or any mitigation, that he is likely now diabetic. And of course, African-Americans are at higher risk when infected with Covid 19.”
As we reported, R. Kelly has been denied release by the court after it was argued he could be a flight risk and there could be issues with witness tampering for his upcoming trial.
But, Kelly’s lawyers say that is simply not true, and point to the current state of the airports, as well as his recent break-up with Azriel Clary as proof none of these things would happen.
“Any suggestion that he would flee also flies in the face of the reality that it is virtually impossible during this pandemic to fly anywhere, let alone to do it surreptitiously. Airports these days are completely deserted. He could not just walk through an airport undetected, or sit on an airplane unnoticed. He does not have a passport,” the letter stated.
As for his alleged victims, the singer’s lawyers point to his relationship with his ex-girlfriend — who is also one of the Jane Doe’s in his case.
“Mr. Kelly’s past behavior, in this case, shows that he is unlikely to obstruct justice. One of the alleged Jane Doe’s until recently was Mr. Kelly’s girlfriend. Although completely out of the norm, even though she was a supposed victim, she was regularly allowed to visit with him while he was in jail and correspond with him. It appears that during the approximately six months she regularly visited with him, corresponded via letters, shared emails, and spoke daily on the telephone, while he certainly knew that she was one of the Jane Doe’s, he never did a single obstructive thing.”
The disgraced singer’s lawyers say if he is released, the prosecutors can keep a close eye on him and he is willing to adhere to strict restrictions while on the outside.
“He can have restricted internet access and be required to wear an electronic monitoring bracelet. He can be denied a cell phone,” the letter says.
Bottom line, they point out, “Mr. Kelly is presumed innocent, his case is defensible, and he does not have any criminal record.”