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

R. Kelly’s attorneys say security video shows prison guards failed to stop the singer from being beaten by a fellow inmate inside Chicago’s Metropolitan Correctional Center.  


According to a motion filed Friday, Kelly, 53, is suffering ‘significant physical and psychological injuries’ stemming from the August attack, which his lawyers claim  could have been ‘encouraged’ by staffers at the facility. 

Kelly is being held at the MCC as he awaits trial on several dozen counts of state and federal sexual misconduct charges in Illinois, Minnesota and New York. 

An incident report from the US Bureau of Prisons claims Kelly was ambushed by gang member Jeremiah Shane Farmer as he slept on the bottom bunk of his prison cell on August 26. 

On that day, Farmer managed to separate from prison guards and enter the Kelly’s cell, where he repeatedly stomped on the singer’s head. The star was only saved when security personnel deployed pepper-spray. 

But in their new motion, Kelly’s attorneys claim that jailhouse security video shows a more troubling version of events.  

They write that the footage shows Farmer  was able to ‘roam a great distance’ away from the guards and ‘no one at the MCC raised a finger to stop Mr. Farmer from attacking Mr. Kelly until after Mr. Farmer was well into beating.’ 

‘An unresolved issue remains as to whether MCC personnel encouraged, and then allowed, a beating of Mr. Kelly to take place,’ the attorneys added.  

‘That alone merits an evidentiary hearing.’

Farmer, 39, is a Latin Kings gang member currently serving a life sentence at MCC Chicago 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.  

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