R. Kelly Removed from Suicide Watch in Brooklyn Detention Center

R. Kelly Removed from Suicide Watch in Brooklyn Detention Center
R. Kelly Removed from Suicide Watch in Brooklyn Detention Center (Image: Screenshot/CBS)

R. Kelly was taken off suicide watch at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn after he had been sentenced to 30 years in prison and told to pay a $100,000 fine on June 29.

“Defendants United States of America, Warden Heriberto H. Tellez, and MDC Brooklyn respectfully inform the Court that following a clinical assessment, Plaintiff Robert Sylvester Kelly, also known as ‘R. Kelly,’ was removed from suicide watch as of this morning, July 5, 2022. As a result, Plaintiff’s emergency motion for a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction is now moot,” Assistant United States Attorney Melanie Speight wrote in a letter filed by U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York Breon Peace.

Kelly was put on suicide watch on Friday after his most recent trial in New York. He was found guilty of racketeering and sex trafficking.

Jennifer Bonjean, his lawyer at the time, told Fox News Digital that he was put on suicide watch as a punishment, which was against his Eighth Amendment rights.

Bonjean said MDC was a “gulag” and Kelly was mentally fine. She wrote they were seeking an emergency rule on July 1 “to show cause with the courts” declaring suicide watch was “illegal.”

In a letter, the prosecution opposed Kelly’s emergency motion and claimed he would be clinically examined daily throughout his suicide watch. Monday, the BOP removed Kelly from suicide watch.

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