R Kelly has been attacked in his Illinois jail cell by another inmate, his attorneys have confirmed.

CNN reported that the incident occurred when Kelly was sitting on his bed and an inmate started to punch him. Guards at the US correctional facility intervened to stop the attack.

Kelly’s attorneys said there are “conflicting reports as to the extent of his injuries”, and said his legal team did not receive information from Chicago's Metropolitan Correctional Center or from the former singer himself.
The inmate was apparently angry about the prison's governor stopping visits at the centre, on more than one occasion, due to the number of Kelly's fans protesting outside the facility.

"My understanding is, every time there is a pro-R. Kelly protest outside of the jail, they lock down the entire facility," Mr Greenberg said.

Kelly, who was one of the biggest R&B stars of the 1990s, has been in jail for more than a year as he awaits trial, with cases filed against him in Illinois, Minnesota and New York.

He has been denied bail three times, with a judge in Brooklyn saying there is a "strong possibility of witness tampering" in a case where it is alleged he led a long-running criminal scheme to recruit women and girls.