Has R Kelly been released from prison? It’s a big question that many people have been asking, mainly because of the photo of the R&B singer leaving a corrective feature.
The I Believe I Can Fly hitmaker, whose real name is Robert Kelly, faces multiple charges, including serious criminal sexual abuse, child pornography, racketeering, obstruction of justice, kidnapping and forced labor.
So… is R Kelly out of jail or not?
R Kelly was held at Chicago’s Metropolitan Correctional Center, but thanks to a photo going viral on social media, word is that a star is once again a free man…at least until the start of his trial. .
Sad news if you’re a fan: It has been confirmed that this is indeed a photo taken by Times Union back in March 2019. When the photo was taken, Kelly was walking away from the Cook County Jail with his attorney when he agreed to pay $100,000 in child support owed at the time to his ex-wife, Andrea.
R. Kelly: Trial Update
Back in April, Kelly appeared on the telephone with his legal team to hear the situation relating to the start of his trial, which is scheduled for August 9, 2021. Questionnaires for potential jurors will be sent out on July 26.
It was also reported that a federal judge gave the green light to move R Kelly from Chicago to New York City to go to trial after several delays. Prosecutors in Brooklyn claim that Kelly headed an enterprise made up of her managers, bodyguards and other employees who helped her recruit women and girls for sex.
Michael Leonard, an attorney for Kelly’s legal team, has been quoted by Billboard as saying that the singer awaits an upcoming trial.
In February 2019, he was arrested in Chicago for sexual assault. And in July 2019, he was indicted once again, in New York, under various federal charges including racketeering, sexual abuse of a child, bribery, kidnapping, forced labor and solicitation.
Since his arrest, Kelly has been held at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Chicago. The singer was denied bail, which means he will remain in the Windy City federal prison until his trial begins.
Meanwhile, a picture going viral on Twitter has left many thinking that he was released early. The photo shows Kelly escaping prison with a man who many thought could be his lawyer.
Many on Twitter think that R. Kelly is released
So, has Kelly’s lawyer kicked her out? It seems that many Twitter users think so. And many people were quick to express their dismay at the news.
A Twitter user asked how it was possible that he could be released so soon, he wrote: “How did R Kelly get out of jail when he just came???”
Some Twitter users asked if we would all buy his album now because he is out. One wrote: “Now that R. Kelly took his time and he was out. Will we listen to his music and buy his next offering?”
However, we can confirm that the singer has not been released and will remain in a Chicago cell until his trial. The picture in question is an old photo. It was published by the Times Union in March 2019 and shows Kelly walking away from the Cook County Jail with his attorney after he agreed to pay $100,000 in child support owed at the time.
R. When is Kelly’s release date?
It is impossible to say that R. When will Kelly be free? He is facing multiple federal charges in multiple jurisdictions, and if he is found guilty of all charges, he will likely be behind bars for most of his life—if not all of it. They are likely to serve anywhere from 10 years to life if found guilty.
He was initially to face two separate federal trials, one in Chicago for April 2020 and another in New York for May. He was also due to stand trial in Cook County in September. However, the COVID-19 pandemic has severely disrupted the trial schedule by the jury, meaning he is still awaiting his time in court.
Kelly has maintained her innocence. In March 2019, CBS This Morning aired an interview where the singer sat down with Gayle King to tell his side of the story. He claimed that everything he is accused of doing is a lie.
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