R. Kelly’s former cellmate creates comic book showing their life behind bars

Francis Akhalbey November 11, 2021
R. Kelly's former cellmate has created a comic about the two -- Left Photo via AP | Right Photo: Court Documents

R. Kelly’s former cellmate at Brooklyn’s Metropolitan Detention Center has created a comic book portraying their conversations and some of the activities they did together while sharing the same cell.

Brendan Hunt was arrested for allegedly threatening the lives of Democratic Congress members after the January 6 Capitol riots. The 37-year-old was the disgraced musician’s cellmate for two weeks in June, Daily Mail reported. And that was prior to the commencement of the 54-year-old’s sex trafficking trial.

Hunt, who is scheduled to be sentenced on November 22, filed the drawings with the Brooklyn Federal Court in an effort to have him released on time-served. In the drawings, Hunt illustrates the two of them talking about music and practicing yoga together. Hunt also refers to the singer as “R. Celly.”

And while discussing music, Hunt tells Kelly he hasn’t heard any of his songs – including I Believe I Can Fly and Ignition. He also tells Kelly he doesn’t know who he is. “I’m the greatest R&B star in human history! How can you not know of R. Kelly?’” Kelly asks Hunt in the illustration.

“’I’m the greatest R&B star in human history! Millions of babies have been conceived to my records!” Kelly also says in the comic.

“Well have you ever heard of the band Megadeath? Or Slayer? Or Dying Fetus?’” Hunt subsequently asks Kelly, to which the singer replies saying, “I guess I see your point.”

Kelly also asks about a yoga book Hunt has in his possession. “It’s some weird yoga thing that my lawyer sent us…she said you and me should do these exercises together,” Hunt replies. He also tells Kelly they’ll “look like a couple of idiots” while practicing it.

The two are later seen doing a “Warrior Pose” while seemingly listening to Kelly’s I Believe I Can Fly. The pair become heavily built some days after their workout. “Oh, yeah!” Kelly says. “Wait til the guys in the yard see our gains!” Hunt also responds by saying, “This is gonna be awesome, R. ‘Celly!’”

Hunt’s illustrations also include another comic with an inmate named Garcia, Daily Mail reported.

R. Kelly's Former Cellmate Pens Comic of Their Life Behind Bars
Court Document

In April, Hunt was found guilty of threatening to kill members of the US congress, New York Daily News reported. Following the deadly January 6 Capitol riots, the 37-year-old, whose father is a former Queens judge, filmed himself encouraging protesters to go back to Washington, D.C. and “kill your Senators.” The former New York State court worker also posted videos threatening Democratic lawmakers Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez, Nancy Pelosi, and Chuck Schumer. He was, however, acquitted of those charges.

Hunt was also accused of making racist and anti-Semitic comments in texts and posts. He allegedly labeled immigrants as “low IQ mongoloids” and referred to New York as “Jew York City.”

However, Hunt’s lawyers argue he has turned over a new leaf. The accused has been in jail for 10 months. “Mr. Hunt is a very different man today than the one who posted the ‘Kill Your Senators’ video and took it down a few hours later. He testified he wants to be a peacemaker, and his digital footprint supports that this is his ideal,” Hunt’s lawyer, Jan Rostal, wrote in court documents.

But federal prosecutors are pushing for a 51 to a 63-month prison sentence for Hunt as they argue he hasn’t spent enough time behind bars. “The defendant’s threats to murder Members of Congress are even more serious because he made his ‘Kill Your Senators’ threat video just days after angry supporters of former President Trump violently stormed the Capitol,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Ian Richardson wrote.

In September, Hunt’s former cellmate, R. Kelly, was convicted on all counts in his New York sex-trafficking trial, Face2Face Africa reported. A jury convicted the 54-year-old singer on all nine counts of sex trafficking and racketeering after less than two days of deliberations.

Kelly had been accused of grooming and sexually abusing women and underage girls. The charges include one count of racketeering and eight counts of illegally transporting people across state lines for the purpose of sex. Nine women and two men appeared in court to testify against the singer, claiming that he sexually abused them.

Kelly is scheduled to be sentenced on May 4, 2022.

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