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Judge Denies R Kelly’s Third Request To Be Released From Jail Amid Coronavirus

A US district judge in New York has once again turned down R Kelly’s request to be temporarily released from Jail amid the coronavirus pandemic. 

The 53-year-old single currently behind bars on charges of sex crimes is pushing to be released due to the increasing number of Covid-19 cases at the Metropolitan Correctional Center, Chicago where he is being held.

So far, the centre has recorded18 confirmed active COVID-19 cases among inmates and 14 among jail staff; while 122 inmates and 16 staff have recovered from the virus. This will be the third time his request has been denied.

Kelly’s lawyers have argued that medical tests showed the singer is “likely diabetic,” and at a higher risk of contacting COVID-19 or a severe illness. However, the judge threw out the case stating a lack of compelling reason.

R Kelly was charged with sex crimes in four separate jurisdictions in Chicago, New York, and Minnesota.

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