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Singer R. Kelly placed on suicide watch, lawyer says

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R. Kelly has been positioned on suicide watch after being sentenced to 30 years in prison earlier this week. However his lawyer says the disgraced R&B artist isn’t suicidal.

The “I Consider I Can Fly” singer is being held on the federal Metropolitan Detention Heart in Brooklyn, N.Y., the place he has been since his September conviction on federal sex-trafficking and racketeering expenses for utilizing his fame to lure younger ladies and kids for intercourse.

“Mr. Kelly was positioned on suicide look ahead to purely punitive causes in violation of his Eighth Modification rights,” his protection lawyer, Jennifer Bonjean, stated Friday in an announcement to The Instances, citing the modification’s prohibition of the federal authorities’s capacity to impose extreme bail, fines or merciless and strange punishments.

Bonjean, who represented the Grammy Award winner throughout his six-week trial, stated that the power has a coverage “of inserting excessive profile people below the tough circumstances of suicide watch whether or not they’re suicidal or not.”

She famous that the detention middle lately adopted the identical coverage with socialite Ghislaine Maxwell, who was sentenced to 20 years in jail earlier this week for helping the financier Jeffrey Epstein sexually abuse underage women.

“MDC Brooklyn is being run like a gulag,” Bonjean stated in her assertion.

She stated that she and her companion spoke with Kelly after he was sentenced Wednesday and that “he expressed that he was mentally wonderful and ONLY expressed concern that although he was NOT suicidal, MDC would place him on suicide watch (as they did following the responsible verdict).”

“We’re within the means of partaking within the court docket on this matter as his placement on suicide watch is against the law,” she stated.

Scott Taylor, a spokesperson for the Bureau of Prisons’ offfice of public affairs, stated Friday that the bureau, which runs MDC, “doesn’t present details about circumstances of confinement or inside safety practices for any explicit inmate” for security and safety causes.

“The BOP is dedicated to making sure the protection and safety of all inmates in our inhabitants, our employees, and the general public. Humane remedy of the women and men in our custody is a prime precedence,” Taylor stated in an e-mail to The Instances.

Bonjean, who additionally lately represented Invoice Cosby in a civil trial that he lost, informed CNN on Friday that prosecutors and jail officers informed her Kelly was positioned below these circumstances as a result of he’s well-known. She stated that she had requested the singer to e-mail her after he was taken again into the power following his sentencing on Wednesday, however by no means acquired a message from him.

“The irony of placing somebody on suicide watch after they’re not suicidal is it really causes extra hurt,” she informed CNN. “It’s punishment for being high-profile. And it’s horrifying frankly. … To place somebody below suicide watch below these circumstances is merciless and strange after they don’t want it.”

The “Ignition” and “Bump ‘N Grind” singer has been dogged by allegations of inappropriate conduct for years, however the outcry got here to a fever pitch within the wake of the #MeToo motion and the Emmy-nominated documentary “Surviving R. Kelly,” by which a quantity ladies shared their tales in regards to the singer’s alleged misconduct.

Kelly’s protection staff argued for him to be sentenced to 10 years or fewer for his crimes, whereas the prosecution pushed for 25 years or extra. After receiving the 30-year sentence, he was additionally ordered to pay a $100,000 wonderful.