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R. Kelly moved to general population while awaiting trial after ‘unconstitutional’ solitary confinement

R. Kelly charged with soliciting 17-year-old girl in MinnesotaVideo

R. Kelly charged with soliciting 17-year-old girl in Minnesota

R. Kelly, the 52-year-old singer, has been charged with prostitution and solicitation in Minnesota after allegedly inviting a 17-year-old girl to his hotel room and paying her $200 to dance naked with him in 2001. Each felony charge is punishable by up to five years in prison.

R. Kelly may soon wish he could fly.

The accused pedophile has been moved to general population in his Chicago lockup at his own request, according to prosecutors.

The “I Wish” singer was transferred out of a solitary housing unit Tuesday following an emergency motion from his attorneys saying their client had been unfairly treated behind bars because he was a celebrity.

The transfer sparked an irate letter from Chicago prosecutors, who claimed the embattled RB legend wanted to be in solitary in the first place.

In this June 6, 2019, photo, singer R. Kelly pleaded not guilty to 11 additional sex-related felonies during a court hearing before Judge Lawrence Flood at Leighton Criminal Court Building in Chicago. R. Kelly, already facing sexual abuse charges brought by Illinois prosecutors, was arrested in Chicago Thursday, July 11, 2019 on a federal grand jury indictment listing 13 counts including sex crimes and obstruction of justice. (E. Jason Wambsgans/Chicago Tribune via AP, Pool)

In this June 6, 2019, photo, singer R. Kelly pleaded not guilty to 11 additional sex-related felonies during a court hearing before Judge Lawrence Flood at Leighton Criminal Court Building in Chicago. R. Kelly, already facing sexual abuse charges brought by Illinois prosecutors, was arrested in Chicago Thursday, July 11, 2019 on a federal grand jury indictment listing 13 counts including sex crimes and obstruction of justice. (E. Jason Wambsgans/Chicago Tribune via AP, Pool)
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“Defendant stated that the MCC staff told him that he could ‘try it [general population] in a couple of days to see what it looked like but they can’t guarantee nothing,’” prosecutors wrote, quoting from a recorded phone call Kelly placed on July 19 from Chicago’s Metropolitan Correctional Center, where he’s awaiting trial on child porn charges.

“You know, and that’s why, I was like, hmmm, too many people up on you and I done seen too many movies, you know,” the crooner allegedly said on the call.

R. KELLY ASKS JUDGE TO RELEASE HIM FROM ‘UNCONSTITUTIONAL’ SOLITARY CONFINEMENT WHILE AWAITING TRIAL

Prosecutors said prison officials planned for a safe move the moment Kelly first asked to leave solitary on Aug. 19.

“MCC staff did not deny the request, but rather started to review the general population housing options. In fact, MCC staff took steps to ensure a safe transition to general population by initiating a threat assessment to determine if there were any safety or security concerns with housing defendant in general population,” the filing reads.

In this June 6, 2019, photo, musician R. Kelly leaves the Leighton Criminal Court building in Chicago. Minnesota authorities charged singer R. Kelly on Monday, Aug. 5, 2019, with two counts of prostitution and solicitation involving a girl under 18 in 2001. (AP Photo/Amr Alfiky, File)

In this June 6, 2019, photo, musician R. Kelly leaves the Leighton Criminal Court building in Chicago. Minnesota authorities charged singer R. Kelly on Monday, Aug. 5, 2019, with two counts of prostitution and solicitation involving a girl under 18 in 2001. (AP Photo/Amr Alfiky, File)

Kelly’s defense attorneys made the emergency motion last Thursday, saying their client was getting no sunlight, no “meaningful interaction with other humans” and limited email and shower access.

But prosecutors countered by writing Tuesday that Kelly has had “three phone calls and seven social visits (not including attorney phone calls and visits)” following his July arrest, plus roomed with three different cellmates since Aug. 11.

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He’s also had access to exercise three times weekly and been able to buy snacks — including a Snickers bar — from the commissary.

Defense attorney Steve Greenberg called prosecutors’ claims “ridiculous.”

“Once [prison officials] could assure his safety it was time to move him,” Greenberg said. “He has been a model inmate and should be treated with an appropriate level of respect and privilege, not as if he has misbehaved.”

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Kelly is facing four sex crimes charges involving minors in three different states, including federal indictments in Illinois and Brooklyn.

This article originally appeared in Page Six.