Feds say R. Kelly was not placed on suicide watch as punishment

R. Kelly’s claims that he was placed on suicide watch in a Brooklyn jail as punishment for his rampant sex crimes have been flouted by prosecutors.

The “Ignition” singer received proper treatment at the Metropolitan Detention Center following last week’s sentencing, according to court documents filed by federal prosecutors.

The feds added that Kelly had to adjust to life behind bars for the “extraordinarily serious crimes” he had committed.

Kelly’s lawyers argued in a lawsuit filed Friday that the R&B legend was being held in a “gulag” and was only placed on suicide watch because of his “high-profile” status.

In an emergency response to Kelly’s pursuit, authorities said the singer was being watched “for his own safety”.

A Bureau of Prisons psychologist “conducted an in-person assessment” of Kelly after he was sentenced last week to 30 years behind bars, according to court documents filed on behalf of Brooklyn U.S. Attorney Breon Peace.

The prison doctor determined that being on call was in Kelly’s best interest.

Federal prosecutors have denied R. Kelly’s claim that he was placed on suicide watch in prison as punishment for his sex abuse conviction.
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Federal authorities also said the disgraced singer “fails to assert that his time on suicide watch is particularly harsh compared to ordinary prison life.”

“Significantly, the plaintiff fails to explain why placement on the suicide watch list will cause him irreparable mental harm separate and apart from his incarceration generally,” prosecutors Melanie Speight and Joseph Marutollo wrote.

“The applicant’s current life circumstances undoubtedly bring emotional distress. The applicant was convicted of extremely serious crimes in a case that received immense public attention. He is a convicted sex offender who has been sentenced to spend the next three decades in prison.

Kelly was placed on suicide watch at the Metropolitan Detention Center following her sentencing.
Kelly was placed on suicide watch at the Metropolitan Detention Center following her sentencing.
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Federal court documents, filed on Saturday, also noted that Kelly – who was found guilty of exploiting his fame to prey on underage fans – “is facing another federal criminal trial in Chicago on charges related to child pornography”.

“Nothing in Plaintiff’s Complaint or Motion suggests that the alleged conditions of being under suicide watch at [Brooklyn’s Metropolitan Detention Center] are, on their own, causing serious distress to the plaintiff, rather than these other pressing concerns,” prosecutors wrote.

On Friday, Kelly filed a potential $100million lawsuit alleging he was subjected to ‘cruel and unusual punishment’ and the ‘intentional infliction of emotional distress’ by the exam intended to prevent him from taking his own life. at the MDC, which he says “is running like a gulag.

The feds said Kelly’s request for a preliminary injunction to release him from suicide watch should be denied and they would seek to have his lawsuit dismissed “after proper service of the complaint.”

Kelly’s attorney Jennifer Bonjean – who in court papers said Kelly was not suicidal and compared her treatment to that of child sex trafficker Ghislaine Maxwell – called the federal government’s response a “entirely deficient”.

“Notably, they did not provide the actual valuation to the court (or to me), even under seal,” Bonjean said in an email Sunday.

“The government’s argument in a nutshell is that the BOP can do whatever they want in the name of the safety and well-being of the inmate, even when we know they are actually causing harm to the inmate and no one can challenge it, even the courts. ”

Bonjean added, “Allowing the BOP to operate in this type of secrecy should terrify everyone.”

New York Post

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