R. Kelly was officially sentenced to 30 years in prison in late June after being found guilty of racketeering and sex trafficking crimes after allegations by multiple accusers, according to BBC News, but could serve longer behind bars. The singer is scheduled to stand trial again in August, this time in Chicago, where he faces charges of obstruction of justice and child pornography. But that’s not all, as the star is also facing sexual abuse allegations in two other states. His attorney claimed Kelly was not happy with the decision to jail him for 30 years and said he planned to appeal the decision.
However, Kelly should be pretty used to being in jail as the disgraced celebrity has been behind bars since 2019 when he was taken into custody. Since then, Kelly’s bail allegations have been denied multiple times, according to CNN, and his new experience following his initial conviction may be very different from what he’s used to after it was confirmed he was placed under suicide watch.
R. Kelly is placed on suicide watch “for his own safety.”
The Brooklyn U.S. Attorney’s Office filed court documents following R. Kelly’s sentencing, with Assistant U.S. Attorney Melanie Speight alleging he was placed under suicide watch at Brooklyn’s Metropolitan Detention Center because they deemed it “for his own safety.” designated. Speight continued, per The Hollywood Reporter, “He is a convicted sex offender who has been sentenced to the next three decades in prison. He faces another federal criminal trial in Chicago in the immediate future on child pornography charges.”
Kelly’s attorney had filed a lawsuit alleging he had no thoughts of harming himself and that the placement under suicide watch was allegedly “solely for punitive purposes and because of his status as a high-profile inmate.” They added, “While the conditions of suicide surveillance may be appropriate for individuals who are genuinely at risk of self-harm, they are cruel and unconstitutional under the Eighth Amendment for individuals who are not suicidal.”
Kelly certainly hasn’t had the easiest time in prison, even being assaulted by a fellow inmate in August 2020. Kelly’s attorney Steve Greenberg tweeted at the time that he was unaware of the seriousness of Kelly’s injuries, adding: “Regardless of that, it is time to release Mr. Kelly. The government cannot ensure his safety and they cannot give him a day in court. We shouldn’t lock people up indefinitely because we can’t offer them due process!”
If you or someone you know is having suicidal thoughts, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).