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No, R. Kelly has not been released from prison: But when is the singer’s release date?

R. Kelly on the street in NY and in a prison mugshot
Singer R. Kelly, pictured in an old photograph and having his mugshot taken, is still in jail awaiting trial. Pic credit: ©Imagecollect.com/Acepixs and Cook County Sheriff’s Office

There’s currently a photograph circulating online that appears to show infamous singer R. Kelly walking away from prison, which has led to many asking has he been released?

The I Believe I Can Fly singer has faced allegations of sexual misconduct since the 1990s, and he was even indicted on child pornography charges in 2002. However, he was subsequently acquitted in 2008.

Nevertheless, Kelly continued to receive accusations of sexual abuse, often from minors. He was the subject of a high-profile docu-series Surviving R. Kelly, which detailed the various allegations against the singer and featured interviews with some of his alleged victims.

In February 2019, he was arrested on charges of sexual abuse in Chicago. And in July 2019, he was indicted once again, this time in New York, on a raft of various federal charges, including racketeering, sexual exploitation of a child, bribery, kidnapping, forced labor, and enticement.

Since his arrest, Kelly has been incarcerated at Chicago’s Metropolitan Correctional Center. The singer was denied bail, which means he’ll remain in the Windy City’s federal prison until his trial begins.

In the meantime, a photo circulating on Twitter has caused many folks to think that he was released early. The picture appears to show Kelly strolling away from a prison accompanied by a man who many thought might be his lawyer.

Many on Twitter think R. Kelly has been released

So, have Kelly’s lawyer’s gotten him out? Many Twitter users seemed to think so. And many were quick to express their dismay at the news.

One Twitter user asked how it was possible that he could be released so soon, writing: “How is R Kelly out of jail when he just got in???”

Twitter user asks how R. Kelly could get out of jail
Pic credit: @Kp_Madytz/Twitter

Some Twitter users asked if we’d all buy his albums now that he’s out. One wrote: “Now that R. Kelly did his time & he’s out. Are we gonna listen to his music and buy his next offering?”

However, we can confirm that the singer has not been released and will remain in a Chicago cell until he goes on trial. The picture in question is an old photo. It was published in March 2019 by the Times Union and showed Kelly walking with his lawyer away from Cook County Jail after he had agreed to pay $100,000 in back child support that he owed at the time.

When is R. Kelly’s release date?

It is impossible to tell when R. Kelly will be a free man. He is facing multiple federal charges across numerous jurisdictions, and if he’s found guilty of all charges, he will likely remain behind bars for much of the rest of his life — if not all of it. He is likely to serve anywhere from 10 years to life if found guilty.

He was initially scheduled to face two separate federal trials, one in Chicago for April 2020 and another in New York for May. He was also due to stand trial in Cook County in September. However, the COVID-19 pandemic has severely hampered the schedule for trials by jury, meaning he is still awaiting his time in court.

Kelly has continued to maintain his innocence. In March 2019, CBS This Morning aired an interview where the singer sat down with Gayle King to tell his side of the story. He claimed everything he’s accused of doing is a lie.

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Jemina Nelson
Jemina Nelson
1 year ago

FREE ROBERT KELLY!

hiltonwhite
hiltonwhite
1 year ago
Reply to  Jemina Nelson

Free Kell’s Did they lock up slave owners who have raped and murdered young under age slave girls a boy’s then making them disappear

fgh
fgh
1 year ago
Reply to  hiltonwhite

Oh f**k off.

derek smith
derek smith
1 year ago
Reply to  Jemina Nelson

What happened to his right to a speedy trial. 2 years in jail while not convicted of s single crime.

fgh
fgh
1 year ago
Reply to  derek smith

Oh f**k off.

Tech
Tech
4 months ago
Reply to  Jemina Nelson

I love his music, what he did was wrong, yes but how many get away with it sh*t he ain’t kill no body . people do worse that that and walking around. If he was so bad, why the truck they didn’t carry their asses home when they people went to get their a**es? Teach your daughters what I tough mine. I wouldn’t have NEVER LET MY CHILD get on a f**king plane and fly no where. The parents are wrong to . their responsible for them til they are18
FRREE R. KELLY I think he done enough time

Pookie67
Pookie67
1 year ago

OK now we see how lies can get news started fast this man isn’t bothering nobody but his picture or pictures tend to be floating around on through internet claiming he’s been released, & that’s not true so how do we know if all the allegations, & accusations made against this man is true or false??? see how lies occur, & accumulated over a period of time, & this man behind bars, for lies, or because out of rage, jealousy or envy to break this man down just like, the tabloids did, Michael Jackson, Bill Cosby, & other Star’s that maybe innocent & a lie is the worst thing to tell on someone karma

fgh
fgh
1 year ago
Reply to  Pookie67

F**k off. Such stupid talk. They’re ALL predators/monsters.

Ramona Johnson
Ramona Johnson
1 year ago

I will continue to listen to his music no matter what. Help me to understand what his music has to do with anything. Most of these artist out help he has helped in one way or another so do that mean you’re not listening to all of their music because R Kelly had something to do with it I wish he was out because he don’t deserve to be locked up for the fact that he hasn’t been found guilty of anything. He is no different than any of these other famous people who have been accused of the same thing are they locked up. HELL NO. and R Kelly shouldn’t be either. FREE RKELLY.

Angelia
Angelia
1 year ago
Reply to  Ramona Johnson

You couldn’t have said it any better. I agree with you 100% and I will counting to buy his music. Free R Kelly

fgh
fgh
1 year ago
Reply to  Angelia

If a predator like Kelly raped your underaged kids you wouldn’t be siding with the predator now will you? C*nt.

Anonymous
Anonymous
6 months ago
Reply to  Angelia

free r. kelly i blame these moms they know what they child was doing .

fgh
fgh
1 year ago
Reply to  Ramona Johnson

Another stupid nig. If your kids became a predator’s prey would you side with the predator? Most likely not. Ghetto trash you are. Hope cops gets ya and turn you into a victim like George Floyd. “I can’t breathe I can’t breathe”. Lol.

Robin
Robin
1 year ago

I hopr they find him guilty and he sprnd ybr rest of hid life behind bars he need to die in jail

fgh
fgh
1 year ago

The monster is right where he should be. The predator/pedophile deserves to die in prison. I hope the judge gives that thing life.