Feds: R. Kelly remains on suicide watch ‘for his own safety’ | Entertainment
NEW YORK (AP) — Federal authorities are rebuffing claims by R. Kelly that he was placed on suicide watch as a form of punishment last week after a judge sentenced him to 30 years behind bars for using his fame for sexually abusing young girls.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Brooklyn filed court documents late Saturday saying the disgraced R&B superstar remains on suicide watch “for his own safety” following a psychological evaluation.
Kelly’s “current life circumstances undoubtedly bring emotional distress,” wrote Assistant U.S. Attorney Melanie Speight in a court filing.
Kelly’s attorney filed the lawsuit on Friday, alleging prison officials placed him on suicide watch at the Brooklyn Metropolitan Detention Center “solely for punitive purposes and because of his inmate status. high profile,” adding that Kelly had no intention of harming herself.
“Nothing happened at sentencing that surprised Mr. Kelly,” attorney Jennifer Bonjean wrote in the lawsuit. “While suicide watch conditions may be appropriate for people who are at real risk of harm, they are cruel and unconstitutional under the Eighth Amendment for people who are not suicidal.”
Kelly, 55, did not make a statement and showed no reaction upon hearing his sentence, which also included a $100,000 fine.
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