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R.Kelly asks to be released from federal prison after he was attacked by inmate, 39, who said 'the government made me ambush him'
We’re hearing more about that attack that R. Kelly experienced back in August.
A recently released video shows the the jailed singer being punched by another inmate and that not one guard intervened or even “raised a finger” to help him until the attack was well underway.
In a new court filing. Kelly’s legal team asserts that the singer, who is being held at the Chicago Metropolitan Correctional Center on federal sex abuse charges, was assaulted in August by Jeremiah Farmer, who had punched Kelly repeatedly to get media attention for himself, according to a CNN report.
The August assault left Kelly with “significant physical and psychological injuries,” the filing said. As of this posting, his lawyers have not released the video, however.
Eventually, a guard, identified by center officials as “D. Szyhowski,” ordered Farmer to stop beating Kelly and sprayed Farmer with pepper spray, CNN reported, citing a Bureau of Prison report.
In their filing on Friday (10-16-20), Kelly’s attorneys wrote that Farmer “roamed a great distance within the MCC before carrying out that act, without any opposition.
“An unresolved issue remains as to whether MCC personnel encouraged, and then allowed, a beating of Mr. Kelly to take place. That alone merits an evidentiary hearing.”
Kelly is facing federal and state charges in Illinois, including child pornography and aggravated criminal sexual abuse, and federal charges in New York, including racketeering and sex trafficking. He has pleaded not guilty to all charges.
R. Kelly Beaten To A Pulp In Prison Forcing Lockdown, Lawyer Demands Release
R. Kelly has asked a Chicago judge to release him on bail after he was assaulted by a fellow inmate, who wrote in a newly released motion that 'the government made [him] attack' the singer.
Lawyers for Kelly filed a motion on Friday asking that the apparent gang member who violently ambushed him on August 26 be acquired for questioning under oath.
Details corroborated Jeremiah Shane Farmer, the convicted Latin Kings member who confessed to the attack, could help Kelly's sixth appeal for release from federal prison.
It also could help a claim from Kelley's attorney, Michael I. Leonard, that faculty at the Bureau of Prisons facility even encouraged Farmer to attack his client.
Lawyers for R.Kelly (left) have for Jeremiah Shane Farmer (right) be questioned under oath about his August 26 attack on the singer
Farmer, 39, is at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Chicago, Illinois, over a mandatory life sentence for a racketeering conspiracy connected to a 1999 double homicide.
He was convicted in 2019 for the deaths of Marion Lowry, 74, and Harvey Siegers, 67.
The two men were beaten with a small sledgehammer inside their business, Calumet Auto Rebuilders, and found with severe blunt force trauma wounds to the head.
Farmer revealed his identity as the assailant in a motion titled 'The Government Made Me Attack R-Kelly.'
Farmer said he was 'forced' to attack Kelly 'in hopes of getting spotlight attention and world news notice to shed light on the government corruption,' according to court documents obtained by The Chicago Tribune.
An incident report from the U.S. Bureau of Prisons attached to Farmer's filing said that he managed to separate from prison guards, enter Kelly's cell as he slept and repeatedly stomped on his head.
Kelly, 53, remained on the bottom bunk during the incident and was only saved when security deployed pepper-spray at Farmer.
Farmer was noted for having a 'F*** the Feds' tattoo on his face.
Last month, Kelly was attacked inside his jail cell at the Metropolitan Correctional Center (pictured) in Chicago, Illinois
Lawyers for R. Kelly (center) have argued that Metropolitan Correctional Center staff may have played a role in thee attack
Attorneys also indicated that Farmer's questioning would include, 'but not limited to the role that any MCC personnel played in that attack.'
'It appears that MCC personnel simply followed Mr. Farmer, allowed him to carry out the attack, and then only intervened after Mr. Kelly had already sustained serious injuries,' court documents read.
Farmer also followed through with the attack 'due to the most blatant corruption in Farmer’s case and being (on) lockdown for Robert Kelly protest.'
Earlier this year, a crowd of Kelly's supporters gathered outside of the Metropolitan Correctional Center and prompted jail officials to put the building on lockdown.
The lockdown apparently upset other inmates and sparked tension.
'Mr. Kelly was the victim of an unprovoked attack while incarcerated at the MCC because of who he is,' Kelly's attorney Thomas Farinella said.
'It’s clear the Bureau of Prisons cannot adequately accommodate the need to keep him safe.'
The Chicago Tribune reports the incident between Farmer and Kelly was mentioned amid oral arguments on Friday in New York, where a legal team hoped to convince a judge that Kelly was not a danger and should be released pending trial.
Attorneys have attempted to convince federal judges that Kelly (center) was not a danger and should be released pending his trial date
Court records showed that Farmer has a history of mental illness.
Prosecutors in 2017 suggested he undergo a psychiatric exam after Farmer, who is representing himself in appeals court, revealed he was 'suffering from a variety of mental illnesses.' He was later found fit to stand trial.
An indictment against Farmer claimed that between 1999 and 2001, Farmer 'tattooed his own face with two teardrops, to commemorate having killed' Siegers and Lowry.
His tattoo reading 'F*** the Feds' was a more recent addition.
Kelly's legal team also argued in their motion that the singer should be released because he's been unable to prepare for his trial amid the pandemic.
His attorneys told CNN that they hadn't met with Kelly in six months following when prisons went into lockdown.
Th decision meant that in-person legal visits were halted, which was detrimental to Kelly, who cannot read or write, since he cannot review his legal documents.
'He has essentially been cut out of the discovery and preparation process,' Farinella wrote in the filing.
Kelly's trial was scheduled for September, but it was delayed partially because of the pandemic.
Farinella argued that Kelly's only form of communication are prison telephones that don't 'possess the safeguards of confidentiality.'
In 2019, Kelly (pictured) was indicted on charges related to sexual abuse in New York and Chicago
On Friday, the panel of judges did not appeared swayed by Kelly's legal team.
'It seems to be a blunderbuss approach to just release him,' one judge said. 'If we didn’t have coronavirus, I don’t think you’d be here.'
Kelly was arrested in July 2019 and later indicted in New York and Chicago on charges related to sexual abuse.
In Chicago, he's accused of bribing victims and witnesses to change their stories.
Kelly and his co-defendants allegedly paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to retrieve child pornography tapes before they were seized by prosecutors.
In New York, prosecutors have charged him with racketeering conspiracy related to allegations he identified underage girls at concerts and groomed them for sexual abuse.
In Chicago's Cook County, he's been charged with sexual abuse and sexual assault. Minnesota prosecutors hit Kelly with soliciting charges.
He's remained at the Metropolitan Correctional Center without bond ever since.
Kelly has been in custody at Chicago’s Metropolitan Correctional Center for over a year awaiting trail for various sex crimes, including child pornography.
“Yesterday we were told that an inmate had attacked R. Kelly at the MCC in Chicago,” Greenberg tweeted on Thursday. “We received conflicting reports as to the extent of his injuries. We have not been provided any information from the jail, nor has Mr. Kelly called. We are hopeful that he was not seriously injured.”
Greenberg then called for the release of his client for his own safety.
“Regardless, it is time to release Mr. Kelly. The government cannot ensure his safety, and they cannot give him his day in court. We should not incarcerate people indefinitely because we cannot provide them with due process,” Greenberg added.
Earlier this year, a judge denied Kelly’s request for release from jail over coronavirus concerns.
According to TMZ, “a frustrated inmate went on the attack and jumped Kelly in his cell.” The man was “angry about the detention facility being placed on lockdown a couple of times largely due to Kelly protesters outside the jail.”
Loyal Kelly fans began demonstrating outside the prison on August 21, demanding his freedom.
In a video which has circulated online, some held a banner which read, “Justice for R. Kelly. ‘Due Process.’ One man ain’t no enterprise.”
Meanwhile, Kelly also faces a separate federal racketeering indictment in Brooklyn.
Earlier this month, three of his associates were charged in federal court for using threats and bribes to intimate several victims in the racketeering case.
“The defendants are separately charged with engaging in multiple crimes that were intended to undermine and subvert the integrity of the criminal justice system and victimize the women who have come forward with serious allegations of criminal conduct against the defendant R. Kelly,” Acting United States Attorney Seth DuCharme said in a release.
“Efforts to illegally influence pending federal cases, whether through threats of violence, intimidation, damage to property, or payments to buy a potential witness’s silence, will not be tolerated,” DuCharme said.
R. Kelly has denied all accusations against him.