R KELLY has been moved into solitary for his own safety during a hellhole jail suffering from coronavirus

Kelly launched a legal bid to be freed from the jail during a corona virus pandemic

The disgraced music star is claimed to possess been brutally battered by a fellow inmate who walked into his cramped cell and began punching him repeatedly.

The disgraced music star is claimed to possess been brutally battered by a fellow inmate who walked into his cramped cell and began punching him repeatedly. He is currently being held at Chicago’s notorious Metropolitan Correctional Center (MCC) – which houses up to 680 men and ladies awaiting justice.

The fallen star is in custody awaiting trial on various charges of sex abuse – all of which he has denied. He has repeatedly asked to be released from prison, citing the pandemic as a reason, but all his requests are turned down.

The star also reportedly pleaded to be kept far away from other prisoners who might want to show him a lesson for his alleged crimes.

Kelly’s lawyer Steven Greenberg revealed he had now been placed in solitary as that is the only place guards “can protect him”. The 28-story jail is exclusive within the prison system as every cell features a window – five-inch slits offering a glimpse of the surface world.

Singer R Kelly left,with his attorney Steve Greenberg in March

Its exercise yard is on the roof and may be accessed by inmates every other day for just two hours a time.

However, like other prisons within the system, it’s its fair share of problems with drugs, sex, and violence.

The triangular-shaped jail – designed by Harry Weese and opened in 1975- is also said to be overcrowded and understaffed. Just last December, one prisoner died after his throat was slit during a fight with another jailbird.

His lifeless body was found in his cell at 4.30 am sparking an indoor investigation at the holding house.

And in 2018, a former guard at the MCC admitted smuggling drugs into the prison to an incarcerated Latin Kings gang leader.

According to an FBI warrant, Felipe Zamora paid the guard thousands of dollars to bring synthetic marijuana into the jail.

R Kelly faces ten charges of aggravated sexual assault – which he has denied

Five years earlier, a veteran guard was charged with running a contraband smuggling scheme where relatives of inmates would drop cash through the open window of his Mercedes during a public garage near the jail.

He later pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 2 years in prison.

The issue of drugs also surfaced during the trial of reputed Hobos street gang leader Gregory “Bowlegs” Chester who admitted on the witness stand that he regularly used them while being held at the MCC.

The trial eventually had to be delayed after a lady was caught trying to pass balloons of synthetic marijuana – known as K2 – to Chester in a bag of potato chips while they met in the jail’s day room, state court records.

Last year, a religious services worker at the jail, was sentenced to 2 years of probation for multiple security breaches, including letting inmates use his cellphone to form calls to outsiders.

He even mailed letters on inmates’ behalf without going through the usual screening process and let inmates surf the web on his computer.

He is currently being held at Chicago’s Metropolitan Correctional Center

The facility also made the headlines in 2012 when two convicted bank robbers rappelled out of a 15th-floor window on a rope made from bedsheets and dental floss.

The escape, by Joseph Banks and Kenneth Conley, was the first from any secure federal correctional facility since April 2006.

At the time it was reported the guard who was meant to be monitoring their cell was busy carrying out other duties.

In February 2010, Sinaloa Cartel leader Vicente Zambada-Niebla was apprehended by Mexican police and extradited to Chicago to face trial.

Considered a high-security risk, he was placed in solitary at the MCC.

R Kelly faces ten charges of aggravated sexual assault 

Based on intelligence that allies of Zambada-Niebla were planning a helicopter escape, he was banned from the rooftop exercise yard.

Bureau of Prisons officials cited the fact that the Sinaloa Cartel has unlimited resources and had succeeded in both prison escapes and assassinations within the past.

He was later moved to a medium-security facility in Michigan which has a ground-level exercise area.

Then, in 2017, the jail was at the center of a bizarre sex scandal when it was revealed strippers had performed for inmates. It was reported naked women had been spotted cavorting on the roof of a building which is overlooked by the jail.

The inmates are said to have shown their appreciation by whooping out of their windows.

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