Fact Check: R. Kelly Is NOT Out Of Prison

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  • by: Alexis Tereszcuk
Fact Check: R. Kelly Is NOT Out Of Prison Locked Up

Is R. Kelly out of prison? No, that's not true. The photograph being used to show Robert Kelly, the R&B singer known as R. Kelly, is from 2019. He is still incarcerated at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Chicago, according to the Federal Bureau of Prisons database on June 7, 2021.

The claim appeared as a post (archived here) published on Facebook on June 2, 2021. It opened:

R Kelly out.

This is what the post looked like on Facebook at the time of writing:

Facebook screenshot

(Source: Facebook screenshot taken on Mon Jun 7 16:59:02 2021 UTC)

The photograph of Kelly is an Associated Press picture from 2019 with the caption:

Singer R. Kelly left, walks with his attorney Steve Greenberg right, after being released from Cook County Jail, March 9, 2019, in Chicago. Kelly was freed three days after a judge ordered him jailed until he paid the total amount of back child support that he owed. Kelly was freed Saturday, three days after a judge ordered him jailed until he paid the total amount of back child support that he owed. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)."

Kelly was arrested again on July 11, 2019, on 18 charges including child sexual exploitation, child pornography production, kidnapping, forced labor, racketeering, and obstruction of justice.

A search of the Federal Bureau of Prisons inmate locator by Lead Stories shows Robert Kelly, age 54, still incarcerated at Metropolitan Correctional Center, Chicago as of June 7, 2021, as he awaits trial.

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His trial in Chicago is scheduled to take place in September 2021 but that date may be pushed back, ABC 7 Chicago reported.

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  Alexis Tereszcuk

Alexis Tereszcuk is a writer and fact checker at Lead Stories and an award-winning journalist who spent over a decade breaking hard news and celebrity scoop with RadarOnline and Us Weekly.

As the Entertainment Editor, she investigated Hollywood stories and conducted interviews with A-list celebrities and reality stars.  

Alexis’ crime reporting earned her spots as a contributor on the Nancy Grace show, CNN, Fox News and Entertainment Tonight, among others.

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