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R. Kelly was beaten in jail while 'no one raised a finger,' attorneys say

October 16, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

CHICAGO, IL - SEPTEMBER 17: Singer R. Kelly appears during a hearing at the Leighton Criminal Courthouse on September 17, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. Kelly is facing multiple sexual assault charges and is being held without bail. (Photo by Antonio Perez - Pool via Getty Images)

Kelly's attorneys say it's unresolved whether jail personnel encouraged and allowed the attack to happen.

(CNN)In a new court filing Friday, attorneys for the singer R.

Kelly claim video shows no one at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Chicago, where Kelly is being held, "raised a finger" until an inmate who attacked him was "well into beating Kelly" in late August.

A Bureau of Prisons report says a prison employee ordered the attacker to stop and deployed pepper spray.

Kelly's attorneys claim the video shows the attacker "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," wrote Michael Leonard, a lawyer for R.


Both the Federal Bureau of Prisons and the US Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Illinois declined CNN's requests for comment Friday.

In early September, the attacker identified himself in a court filing as Jeremiah Farmer, and wrote that he had "physically beaten Mr. Kelly in a [sic] attempt to shed media spotlight" on his own case.

Szyhowski" was attempting to meet with Farmer "when he left the office against my (Szyhowski's) order to stay," according to a Federal Bureau of Prisons incident report attached to the September filing.

Farmer appeared to be on top of Kelly, Szyhowski wrote, "punching inmate Kelly repeatedly in the head and torso. "

Szyhowski wrote he gave an order to "cease the assault" before deploying his pepper spray.

An appeals court in Illinois denied Kelly's appeal to be released on bond last month.

Kelly was indicted on federal charges in Illinois for child pornography and conspiracy to obstruct justice, as well as state charges of aggravated criminal sexual abuse.

The charges Kelly faces stem from activity that prosecutors say took place over two decades in New York, Connecticut, Illinois and California.

Kelly's legal team has argued for his release at least six times since he was taken into federal custody in July 2019.

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