The man who allegedly attacked R. Kelly has been identified. He came forward in newly released court documents and revealed the startling reason why he attacked the singer.
Who is the Attacker?
Jeremiah Shane Farmer is allegedly the man who beat up R. Kelly in his jail cell at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Chicago last month.
New legal documents filed in appeals court showed that Farmer made the admission. Similar to Kelly, he is now representing himself.
According to documents obtained by TMZ, Farmer claimed that the “government made me attack” Kelly. He did not offer a further explanation of why the government would ask an inmate to beat up Kelly. He added that he hopes that it will bring to light on government corruption.
Steven Greenberg, Kelly’s attorney, confirmed that Farmer is the person responsible for the attack.
According to numerous reports, Farmer attacked him because he was angry that he was placed on lockdown a handful of times. The reasons behind the lockdowns were protestors for Kelly that were outside the facility.
The alleged attack took place on August 26 around 9:45 A.M. The attacker punched Kelly in the torso and head.
A prison guard used pepper spray to break up the altercation.
According to the United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Indiana, Farmer is apart of the Latin Kings gang. Farmer was convicted in 2019 and is serving a sentence for his part in a racketeering conspiracy. He allegedly beat two men to death using a hammer.
R. Kelly and His Time in Jail
Earlier this year, Kelly attempted to get an early release from jail due to coronavirus (COVID-19) concerns. Additionally, Kelly suffers from diabetes and is at a higher risk of contracting it.
Medical professionals at the jail said that if he loses weight and exercises, he would be at a lesser risk. Back in May, U.S. District Judge Ann M. Donnelly wrote in a ruling in May that he was denied for release. Furthermore, the courts have rejected Kelly’s release three times.