Rumours have run wild on social media that R.Kelly has been released from prison but Ghana’s Hub For Pop Culture & Urban Entertainment News – www.nydjlive.com can confirm that the I Believe I Can Fly singer is still behind bars and will remain in a Chicago cell until he goes on trial.
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.
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.
Now that R. Kelly did his time & he's out. Are we gonna listen to his music and buy his next offering?🤔 pic.twitter.com/ZHiZi5LnP1
— Valar Morghulis©️ (@DiegoSaidSo) June 3, 2021
However, we can confirm that 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.