R. Kelly In Jail Being Miserable

“I’ve seen him get very emotional,” said attorney Steve Greenberg, who is spearheading Kelly’s courtroom battle in Chicago on child pornography and sex abuse charges.

“He’s dealing with a lot of stories that have been made up. He’s not a fighter. I’ve seen him cry when he talks about the situation.”

Kelly faces charges in multiple states and jurisdictions, and is currently at the federal Metropolitan Correctional Center downtown.

Describing his client as “a soft-spoken guy” who is basically illiterate, Greenberg claims Kelly “has a stage persona who is used to having people around him all the time. His life in solitary is now minus TV. No radio. No music. And no books.

“He’s also a spiritual guy, has a Bible with him in his cell, but he can’t read it. It’s basically there for comfort.” Greenberg added.

“Now he’s been placed in the MCC’s ‘SHU’ — a cell in solitary confinement away from the jail population and is constantly being moved from cell to cell. He has only the guards to talk to.

But he is hearing from fans.

“But he is receiving plenty of mail, which is 97 percent positive and he pores over it,” added Greenberg, who tells Sneed, Kelly is able to recognize a few words and writes some words phonetically.

“And, I swear, every time I visit him, he’s dressed in a different colored jail suit.”

Greenberg also claims Kelly gets only one social visit on his visiting day.

So who has visited Kelly?

“One of his two girlfriends [Joycelyn Savage, 23, and Azriel Clary, 21, who live with him at the Trump Tower] just visited the jail — I don’t know which one, but they can only visit via video. Only his lawyers can see him face to face in solitary,” he said.

“He also had a visit from his uncle … the one he calls Uncle Bug,” added Greenberg.

R. Kelly In Jail Being Miserable
In this courtroom sketch, R&B singer R. Kelly, center, listens in federal court with his attorneys Doug Anton, left, and Steve Greenberg during his arraignment, Friday, Aug. 2, 2019 in New York

“Everybody in his world of family or close friends he seems to call ‘Bug’ or ‘June,’” he added.

What about the request for Kelly’s computer so he could finish his new record?

“We gave up on it for now,” said Greenberg. “He’s got a new album he needs to release, but it’s backed up into the cloud now. But he needs to get that album out. People are waiting for it.”

Sneed is also told Kelly, who frequented Rush Street eateries before his incarceration, has been sent “more money online to buy food from the jail commissary than he’ll ever spend.”

“Whatever food he could buy in the commissary is a far cry from his favorite steak on Rush or McDonald’s,” said Greenberg.

“Right now McDonald’s looks like Alinea (notably Chicago’s most upmarket eatery) to him.”