R. Kelly Claims Guards Ignored His Prison Attack Fears for Weeks Prior
R. Kelly was put in a very bad position by the guards at the Chicago prison where he is locked, then they ignored his fears of being in danger before he was attacked … according to his legal team.
The singer’s lawyers in disgrace, Steven greenberg and Nicole blank becker, tell TMZ … much of the animosity towards Kelly within the Metropolitan Correctional Center is due to the fact that some prison guards have told inmates they have to go to lockout because of the protests at the outside the facility for R. Kelly.
Kelly’s legal team suggests that it is strange that the guards are making such announcements, and thinks it has made the other prisoners angry with him.
We are told that 3 weeks before Kelly’s attack, he overheard his alleged attacker – a fellow inmate – in front of his cell talking on the phone and saying things indicating that he might attack the singer.
According to Kelly, he expressed his concerns the next day to a prison guard when Kelly had to get in the same elevator as the allegedly threatening inmate, saying he didn’t trust him. We’re told they had to ride together anyway.
A few days later … Kelly reportedly told a doctor in the medical department that he wished the guards would stop telling everyone he was the reason for the lockdowns because the other inmates were going crazy.
The singer claims he also told at least 2 other guards that he feared for his safety in the 2-3 weeks leading up to his attack … but says they did not take his concerns seriously.
We broke the story … a pissed off inmate reportedly walked into Kelly’s cell and started kicking him. The fight did not last long and Kelly did not sustain any major injuries, but the altercation shows he is not immune to violence.
The Federal Bureau of Prisons declined to comment on the incident, and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Illinois and the Eastern District of New York did not respond to requests for comment.
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