American Rnb Star R Kelly requested to be released from jail due to fears over the spread of Corona Virus.
According to Fox news, the motion for bond, filed in U.S District Court in Chicago Thursday by Kelly’s lawyers, says that the singer — who is being held without bail after being arrested on several sex crime charges — is within the category of people described as high-risk by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The filing claims that sanitizer and soap are scarce in the Metropolitan Correctional Center, where the majority of inmates are kept in small, two-person cells that make social distancing difficult.
“The visitor’s bathroom on the entry-level floor of the MCC frequently has no soap or paper towels available, which makes it difficult for individuals entering the facility to adequately clean their hands before visiting,” the filing says.
Kelly’s lawyers also stated in the filing, “The courts have long recognized that there is no greater necessity than keeping a defendant alive, no matter the charge.”
A judge has yet to rule on the 53-year-old singer’s recent motion out of Chicago, but prosecutors in New York have asked that he remain jailed, according to the Chicago Tribune.
If Kelly is released, he would live with his girlfriend Joycelyn Savage at a large apartment complex in Chicago and could remain on home confinement with an electronic monitor, the filing says.
Kelly’s trial date in New York is currently set for July, while Chicago is scheduled for Oct. 13.