“I don’t deserve to die this way”– R. Kelly scared for his life

ARCHIVO - R. Kelly durante una audiencia en el Tribunal Penal de Leighton, en Chicago, el 17 de septiembre de 2019. (Antonio Perez/Chicago Tribune vía AP, Pool, archivo)

In a leaked phone call, R. Kelly expressed his concerns about the lack of medical attention he has received while in prison.

Kelly, who is currently serving a 30-year sentence for sex trafficking, claims that he has made numerous complaints about his health, but that no doctors have actually checked on him.

“I don’t deserve to die because somebody miscommunicated or somebody took a guess at what’s going on with my leg,” Kelly said in the audio clip. “I’m not supposed to die this way. You’re not even supposed to take a chance on that.”

Kelly also said that he is “scared for his life” because of his medical condition. “If it was your child, if it was your father, if it was your mother, somebody you loved, you would’ve said, ‘Go to the doctor. We need to get that checked out, we need to look at that. We need to X-ray that,’” he said.

“They didn’t even X-ray. And that’s why I’m speaking out on this, because I’m scared for my life in that area. And who wouldn’t be. They treat animals better than that.”

It is unclear what Kelly’s medical condition is, but he has previously undergone surgery on his Achilles tendon for blood clots. The prison has not yet responded to Kelly’s allegations of neglect.

This is not the first time that Kelly has raised concerns about his treatment in prison. In 2021, he filed a lawsuit against the prison, alleging that he was being denied adequate medical care. The lawsuit is still pending.

Kelly’s allegations of neglect are serious, and they raise concerns about the quality of medical care that is being provided to prisoners. It is important that prisoners have access to the same quality of care that is available to the general public, and that their medical needs are taken seriously.

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