Former R&B superstar, R. Kelly has been removed from suicide watch in jail.
The “Step in the name of love” singer was placed on restriction at the federal detention facility in Brooklyn following his sentencing. Read here
He then filed a lawsuit against the prison, claiming the watch violated his 8th Amendment constitutional rights and had caused “severe mental distress.”
Kelly insisted that he wasn’t even thinking of killing himself and told prison officials. He also claimed he was placed in these harsh conditions because he’s a celebrity.
Meanwhile, Federal authorities initially filed a motion opposing the suit, saying they would clinically assess Kelly for the duration of his suicide watch.
In a court filing on Tuesday, federal prosecutors in Brooklyn said Kelly had been taken off suicide watch at the Metropolitan Detention Center, rendering the lawsuit moot.
“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.”
Kelly was sentenced to 30 years in prison following his conviction last year on racketeering and sex crimes.
Prosecutors had asked the judge to sentence Kelly to more than 25 years behind bars, while his defence attorneys asked for up to 10 years.