According to federal officials, singer R. Kelly was transferred this week from a Chicago jail facility to a medium-security prison in North Carolina.
According to Benjamin O’Cone, a spokesman for the Federal Bureau of Prisons, Robert Sylvester Kelly was sent from the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Chicago to the federal prison in Butner, North Carolina, on April 19.
Due to privacy, security, and safety concerns, the agency doesn’t publicly state the reasons for inmate transfers, the author said.
The 56-year-old Grammy Award-winning R&B singer was given a 20-year prison term in February for child pornography and enticing minors to have sex.
With the exception of one, he will serve all of those sentences concurrently with a 30-year sentence he received in New York for racketeering and sex trafficking.
Kelly, who adamantly refutes the accusations, came from humble beginnings in Chicago and has since become one of the biggest R&B performers in the world.
He was well-known for his number-one single “I Believe I Can Fly” and for sex-themed songs like “Bump n’ Grind,” and he continued to sell millions of albums even after claims that he had abused girls came to light in the 1990s.