R kELLY and Prison life


As the BBC reports, Kelly's questionable behavior began in 1994 when, at the age of 27, he married a 15-year-old Aaliyah. In 1996, he was sued by Tiffany Hawkins, who dated Kelly when she was 15 and alleged "personal injuries and emotional distress." In the early 2000s, the singer was sued by three more women, and in 2002, he was slapped with 21 counts of making child pornography, followed by 12 more charges and an arrest in Florida. Insufficient evidence resulted in his walking free, and it wasn't until a 2017 Buzzfeed feature alleged Kelly of running a sex "cult" that more women began to come forward. The Lifetime documentary Surviving R. Kelly followed, and, as Billboard notes, Kelly was arrested in February 2019. He was charged with 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse against four women (including three minors) and was released on $100,000 bail. 

That July, Kelly was arrested again, except this time, there would be no bail. After being charged with 18 counts of "kidnapping, forced labor, child sexual exploitation and child pornography production and obstruction of justice," he was placed behind bars, where he remains. Here's what R. Kelly's life in prison is really like.

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