Disgraced R. Kelly reportedly now penniless and overweight in jail
On the eve of his sex-trafficking trial, embattled R&B singer, R. Kelly disclosed that he’s so broke that he can’t even afford to pay for court transcripts.
And as if that is not enough he has gained so much weight while behind bars, he needs new clothes.
Mr Cannick also said his client has also “gained weight since he’s been incarcerated”.
“We need measurements for appropriate attire for his trial,” he said. “We’re trying to get his measurements. How can we take his size?”
“I’m not taking his size,” Judge Donnelly shot back.
The 54-year-oldI Believe I Can Flysinger is accused of employing an entourage to find young women and girls for him to have sex with for years.
Kelly was arrested in Chicago in 2019 by the NYPD and federal agents, and transported to New York in late June that year – and now faces charges in both cities.
Last month, prosecutors detailed a slew of new disturbing allegations against the singer, whose real name is Robert Sylvester Kelly.The singer’s marriage to Aaliyah had been widely reported, but Kelly and his attorneys had not previously admitted the troubling tryst. Aaliyah died in a 2001 plane crash.
Kelly, who has been locked up in the Metropolitan Detention Centre in Brooklyn for the past two years, continues to maintain his innocence.
“He is tired of hearing allegations,” Mr Cannick toldThe Postoutside the courthouse. “He knows the truth and I think it’s very frustrating for him to hear these allegations and know the truth is out there and he just wants it to unfold.
“He believes that when folks are under oath and being examined we would be able to get to the truth,” Mr Cannick said.
Opening statements at the trial are due to get under way on August 18.This story originally appeared onand is republished here with permission.