THE inmate who recently attacked R Kelly, the disgraced music star currently in jail facing pedophile charges, tried to stab him with a pen, courts records have showed.
The attacker also has a "f**k the feds" tattoo across his forehead, a motion filed by Kelly's attorney read, Page Six reported.
The defense attorney detailed the attack in an attempt to persuade a Chicago court to release the former R&B artist on bail.
Kelly is currently being held at Chicago's notorious Metropolitan Correctional Center (MCC) – which houses up to 680 men and women awaiting justice.
Kelly was sleeping in his cell on Wednesday when the “violent” inmate crept in and started “stomping on [Kelly’s] head, repeatedly,” according to Steven Greenberg.
Greenberg alleged the inmate had an "ink pen with him that he was going to use to stab Mr Kelly” but others grabbed him before he could use the makeshift weapon.
“This is an inmate that never should have been anywhere near Mr. Kelly, an individual who is charged with the most violent of crimes, and one who plainly has no respect for the rules, he has the phrase ‘Fu** The Feds’ tattooed on his face,” Greenberg’s motion added.
The inmate was reportedly antagonized by jail lockdowns that had been caused by protests over R Kelly.
“To-date, there have been at least a half-dozen of these displays of support outside of the MCC, always peaceful,” the attorney added.
"These unnecessary institutional lockdowns have needlessly promoted animosity towards Mr. Kelly. Notably, the institution does not go into lockdown during other, violent, downtown protests or during citywide looting."
Greenberg proposes that Kelly be allowed to live in an apartment with his girlfriend while he awaits trial.
The fallen star is in custody awaiting trial on various charges of sex abuse – all of which he has denied.
He has repeatedly asked to be released from prison, citing the pandemic as a reason, but all his requests have been turned down.
The star also reportedly pleaded to be kept away from other prisoners who may want to teach him a lesson for his alleged crimes.
Kelly's lawyer Steven Greenberg revealed he had now been placed in solitary confinement as that's the only place guards "can protect him".
The 28-story jail is unique in the prison system as every cell has a window- five inch slits offering a glimpse of the outside world.
Its exercise yard is on the roof and can be accessed by inmates every other days for just two hours a time.
The triangular-shaped jail – designed by Harry Weese and opened in 1975-is also said to be overcrowded and understaffed.
Just last December, one prisoner died after his throat was slit during a fight with another jailbird.
His lifeless body was found in his cell at 4.30am sparking an internal investigation at the holding house.
And in 2018, a former guard at the MCC admitted smuggling drugs into the prison to an incarcerated Latin Kings gang leader.
According to an FBI search warrant, Felipe Zamora paid the guard thousands of dollars to bring synthetic marijuana into the jail.
Five years earlier, a veteran guard was charged with running a contraband smuggling scheme where relatives of inmates would drop cash through the open window of his Mercedes in a public garage near the jail.
He later pleaded guilty and was sentenced to two years in prison.
And it was in the news again this year following a huge outbreak of coronavirus within its walls.
In May, The Bureau of Prisons reported 110 of the inmates at the MCC had tested positive for coronavirus. Fourteen staff members had also tested positive.
At the time, Kelly's lawyers argued for his release arguing that keeping him locked up is like "drinking poison."
A letter to the judge explained how Kelly "is within the group of people the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has categorized as most-at-risk for contracting COVID-19."
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