Attorneys for R. Kelly claims a video shows that no one at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Chicago, where the troubled singer is being held, “raised a finger” during a brutish beating he suffered in August.
According to CNN, a report from the Bureau of Prisons claims a prison employee ordered the attacker to stop and deployed pepper spray.
But in the new court filing, Kelly’s lawyers argue the video of the attack shows the attacker “roamed a great distance within the MCC before carrying out that act, without any opposition. It is undisputed that, as a result, Mr. Kelly has suffered significant physical and psychological injuries.”
Kelly’s attorney Michael Leonard wrote, “An unresolved issue remains as to whether MCC personnel encouraged, and then allowed, a beating of Mr. Kelly to take place.”
Last month, Kelly’s attacker identified himself in his own court filing as Jeremiah Farmer and wrote that he had “physically beaten Mr. Kelly in an [sic] attempt to shed media spotlight” on his own case.
Kelly’s legal team has argued for his release at least six different times since he was taken into federal custody in July 2019 on federal charges in Illinois for child pornography and conspiracy to obstruct justice, as well as state charges of aggravated criminal sexual abuse.