Jeremiah Shane Farmer, 39, wrote in a six-page document filed on Tuesday with the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals “the government made me attack” R. Kelly and that he did so “in hopes of getting spotlight attention and world news notice to shed light on” alleged government corruption.
Steve Greenberg, one of Kelly’s defense lawyers, confirmed to the Chicago Sun-Times that Farmer is the detainee alleged to have attacked Kelly.
Farmer is representing himself and is still detained at the Metropolitan Correctional Center, where the singer is also being held.
Kelly has been locked up for more than a year while awaiting trial on child pornography and obstruction of justice charges in Chicago, as well as a racketeering indictment in Brooklyn. His lawyers have tried for months to get him out of jail without success.
A photograph of Farmer shows many tattoos on his face,including tattoos of teardrops. Farmer is alleged to have once made the claim that two colored-in teardrop tattoos represented people he had killed, according to court records.