Jailed musician R. Kelly is floating a variation on the theme he deserves bail — now arguing he’s too famous and feeble to be a flight risk.
The accused sex trafficker filed a new motion Monday in Brooklyn Federal Court, claiming he needs medical care for several untreated conditions and couldn’t live on the lam because someone would recognize him.
“Mr. Kelly has a number of health issues which need to be addressed and for which he is not presently receiving adequate medical care. This includes numbness in his hand, anxiety and an untreated hernia,” the motion filed by lawyer Steven Greenberg says.
Greenberg further argues Kelly has a record of showing up for criminal court hearings and already has surrendered his passport.
“(Kelly) could not hide or evade surveillance given his fame,” the lawyer says.
The singer “has posted a substantial bond in state court, has voluntarily turned himself in on all charges and made no attempt to flee in the face of imminent Federal charges,” the lawyer said, adding that there are “various levels of monitoring, or even home detention, that would ameliorate any conceivable risk.”
Kelly has repeatedly asked for release from his pretrial detention as he battles twin federal indictments in Chicago and Brooklyn.
The indictment in the Eastern District of New York — one of four pending criminal cases against the Grammy winner — alleges Kelly ran a racketeering operation that transported girls and women over state lines for sex and engaged in coercion, kidnapping and forced labor.
The July 10 indictment involves five Jane Doe victims — three of them minors at the time of their alleged abuse. If convicted on all counts, Kelly faces the possibility of decades in prison.
In a separate 13-count federal indictment filed in Chicago, Kelly is accused of working with cohorts to fix his 2008 child pornography trial in Chicago by bribing and intimidating witnesses and victims. That trial ended in his acquittal.
The “I Believe I Can Fly” singer also is fighting state charges in Chicago alleging he sexually abused four other victims, three of them underage at the time.
Meanwhile, Minnesota prosecutors have charged Kelly with two counts of solicitation involving a minor in Minneapolis in 2001.
Kelly’s Brooklyn case is due back in court Wednesday.