R. Kelly wants out of isolation.
On Thursday, the R&B singer’s attorney Steve Greenberg filed an emergency request to have Kelly released from solitary confinement while awaiting trial.
Kelly’s lawyers claim he is enduring “cruel and unusual punishment,” so he would like to join the general population in prison.
The 52-year-old is getting no sunlight, no “meaningful interaction with other humans,” limited email access and is allowed to shower just three times a week, his lawyers said in the motion.
The lawyers believe he is being treated unfairly because of his charges and celebrity status. “In essence, even though he has not violated a single BOP rule, Mr. Kelly is being unconstitutionally punished and segregated from the rest of the prison population,” they wrote in the motion.
Kelly is being held in the Metropolitan Detention Center in Chicago where he faces child pornography and sex abuse charges.
He has 18 charges against him in two different cities. In Chicago, he faces a 13-count indictment for engaging in sex acts with five minors and recording some of the acts on video. In New York, he faces a five-count indictment for allegedly being the leader of a “racketeering enterprise,” engaging in illegal sexual activity with minors.