R. Kelly contracts COVID-19 in prison

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Embattled R&B singer, Robert Sylvester Kelly popularly known as R. Kelly has contracted COVID-19 while awaiting sentencing in a Brooklyn federal jail.

The news was disclosed by his lawyer in a court filing early on Tuesday, February 1.

Soliciting for a two-week extension for his sentencing, his lawyer, Jennifer Bonjean, stated that the singer’s diagnosis has hampered his ability to speak on the phone about an appeal for his conviction, which is due on Thursday.

“It is vitally important that Mr Kelly meaningfully participates in his post-trial defense,” Bonjean wrote in the motion, saying she hoped to communicate with him in an upcoming Zoom call.

Bonjean, a New York-based attorney whose legal career began in Chicago, also noted that Kelly had decided to part ways with his original trial team, but that formal withdrawals were still pending.

Bonjean said prosecutors did not object to the delay as the U.S. District Judge, Ann Donnelly, granted the extension.

The new deadline to file the appeal is now February 17.

Meanwhile, thirty-nine inmates are reported to have contracted the virus at the facility where Kelly is being held.

WuzupNigeria earlier reported that the 'I Believe I Can Fly' singer has been found guilty of sexually abusing women and girls.

He was convicted on all nine counts including racketeering and violations of the Mann Act, which prohibits the transport of “any woman or girl” across state lines for any “immoral purpose.”

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