R. Kelly is taking legal action against the Bureau of Prisons, filing a lawsuit claiming that his personal details were leaked by prison staff. This breach of confidentiality has reportedly impacted the R&B star’s ability to defend himself, raising serious concerns about privacy and protecting sensitive information.
R. Kelly’s Lawyer Speaks
In the aftermath of the Chicago trial, a lawsuit has been filed by R. Kelly against the federal government and the Bureau of Prisons, accusing them of leaking his personal information.
The lawsuit, filed with the U.S. District Court of Northern Illinois, alleges unauthorized access to his personal information and calls, including conversations with his attorneys. According to Kelly’s attorney, Jennifer Bonjean, certain officers within the Bureau of Prisons exploited their privileged access to the star’s details. According to Bonjean:
“He had every right to be able to be confident, to think the BOP would protect his information and not exploit, but unfortunately, certain BOP officers did just that.”
Who is Responsible?
The lawsuit claims that at least 60 Bureau of Prisons officers made unauthorized access to Kelly’s sensitive and confidential information, which was maintained by the Bureau.
The leaked information reportedly included personal calls, including conversations with his legal team, thereby jeopardizing his ability to mount a proper defense. As a result, Kelly has become reluctant to engage in discussions with anyone, including his own lawyers. Bonjean emphasized the impact of this breach, stating:
“He does not feel comfortable to this day talking to anyone, even his own lawyers, because of the impact of this event.”
R. Kelly’s Sisters Stand With Him
Kelly’s sisters also spoke out against the violation of his privacy. Lisa Kelly expressed her discontent, saying:
“You’re listening to personal phone calls. You’re listening to recordings. That’s not right. That doesn’t sit well with me at all.”
Cassandra Kelly echoed similar concerns, emphasizing the need for change in the judicial system.
“If they do it to him, they could do it to someone else. It’s time for change in our judicial system.”
R. Kelly is currently serving a 20-year sentence out-of-state for producing child pornography and enticing a minor in sexual activity. He is also appealing these convictions, as well as a conviction in New York for sex trafficking and racketeering.