R. Kelly: Federal prosecutors defend choice to maintain disgraced singer below suicide surveillance

Kelly, whose legal name is Robert Sylvester Kelly, sued the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn, New York, prison guards and unnamed officers, along with the United States itself, for placing him under surveillance. suicide, the documents show.

Kelly, 55, alleges that he was “considered suicide as a form of punishment even though he did not commit suicide,” according to the federal government’s response to his filing.

Prison attorneys say Kelly’s claims should be dismissed because he “does not show a significant likelihood of success for mitigation,” court documents show. The prison plans to keep Kelly on suicide watch because he fits the criteria for surveillance, according to court documents.

The government argues that Kelly is asking the court to micromanage detention decisions at the discretion of prison experts.

Since Kelly returned to prison with a new 30-year sentence, he has seen a doctor from the prison’s psychology department once a day to determine if he should continue suicide monitoring. Court data shows.

He was allowed to see his legal team while being watched for suicide, according to court documents.

On Friday, Kelly’s attorney, Jennifer Bonjean, told CNN that she believes Kelly was frightened about being tracked to kill herself.

“The irony of putting someone on a suicide watch when they aren’t is that it actually causes more harm,” Bonjean says.

Bonjean previously said she had been talked to by prosecutors with prison officials who said Kelly had been put on the suicide list because he was famous.

R. Kelly sentenced to 30 years in prison for federal fraud and sex trafficking

“It was punishment for being famous. And it was terrifying,” she said. “Leaving someone on a suicide watch under those conditions is cruel and unusual when they don’t need it.”

jury convicted Kelly in September of nine counts, including one count of fraud and eight counts of violating the Mann Act, a sex trafficking law. Prosecutors from the Eastern District of New York accused Kelly of using his status as a celebrity and a “network of people at his disposal to target girls, boys, and women.” for their own sexual gratification.”
Five-week federal trial in Brooklyn including testimonies from witnesses who said they were sexually and physically abused by Kelly. The court also heard from people related to the disgraced R&B singer’s 1994 marriage to the late singer Aaliyah when she was 15 years old and he became an adult after she believed she was pregnant.

Kelly is scheduled to appear in court in Illinois in August on federal charges of obstruction and child pornography, after which she will be transferred to the custody of the Northern District of Illinois, court records show.

Susannah Cullinane, Sonia Moghe and Mirna Alsharif of CNN contributed to this report.

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