Chicago - Lawyers for indicted superstar R Kelly filed a motion Thursday for his immediate release from solitary confinement at the federal jail in Chicago, where the singer has allegedly been deprived of any contact with other inmates, TV access and outdoor activity.
Kelly, 52, has been held in isolation at the Metropolitan Correctional Center since July 11, when federal agents arrested him on sexual misconduct charges while he was walking his dog outside his home in the Trump Tower.
His lawyers allege the draconian conditions in the Loop high rise jail's Special Housing Unit have unfairly punished Kelly even though he has not been convicted of any of the allegations against him.
It has also seriously hampered his ability to prepare for trial, with his legal team forced to meet with Kelly - who is kept in handcuffs - in a cramped room with no table, just a small shelf with "not enough space to put a piece of paper and have it lie flat," the motion alleged.
"Given that Mr Kelly is a pretrial detainee not yet convicted of any crime, his current conditions ... violate the cruel and unusual punishment standards of the Eighth Amendment," as well as other constitutional safeguards to due process, his lawyers, Steve Greenberg and Michael Leonard, wrote in the 14-page filing.