More On: R. Kelly
R. Kelly, a former R&B star who was convicted of sexual abuse, is no longer on suicide watch.
After being sentenced last week, the singer of "I Believe I Can Fly" was put on the restriction at the federal jail in Brooklyn where he is being held.
He then sued the jail, saying that the watch violated his rights under the Constitution and had caused him "severe mental distress."
In a court filing made Tuesday morning in Brooklyn, federal prosecutors said that Kelly had been taken off suicide watch at the Metropolitan Detention Center. This meant that the lawsuit was no longer relevant.
"Plaintiff Robert Sylvester Kelly, also known as "R. Kelly," was taken off suicide watch this morning, July 5, 2022, after a clinical evaluation," prosecutors wrote.
Kelly's lawyer, Jennifer Bonjean, said that putting her client on watch was a punishment that didn't need to be done.
“Mr. Kelly was placed on suicide watch for purely punitive reasons in violation of his Eighth Amendment rights,” Bonjean said in a statement last week before the suit was filed.
“MDC Brooklyn is being run like a gulag. My partner and I spoke with Mr. Kelly following his sentencing, he expressed that he was mentally fine and ONLY expressed concern that even though he was NOT suicidal, MDC would place him on suicide watch,” she added.
Bonjean said in an email Tuesday that she would keep going with her lawsuit even though the Bureau of Prisons took the disgraced R&B legend off of suicide watch.
“Not surprising that as soon as the BOP was going to have to account for their decisions, they removed him to moot out the motion. Our lawsuit will proceed nonetheless,” she wrote.
Kelly was given 30 years in prison last Wednesday after being found guilty of racketeering and other crimes related to the sexual and mental abuse he did to many girls over a long period of time.
The feds said he faces more charges in Illinois, where he will soon be sent to stand trial.