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Celebrity Sex predator R. Kelly placed on suicide watch at NYC jail: lawyer #celebrity English Headline

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Convicted sexual predator and former R&B superstar R. Kelly was placed on suicide watch at the Brooklyn jail where he is being held after he was sentenced to 30 years in prison earlier this week, his attorney said. 

Lawyer Jennifer Bonjean claimed Kelly was placed on the watch as punishment by guards at the lockup — which she said was run like a “gulag.” 

“Mr. Kelly was placed on suicide watch for purely punitive reasons in violation of his Eighth Amendment rights. MDC has a policy of placing high profile individuals under the harsh conditions of suicide watch whether they are suicidal or not (this was done recently with Ghislaine Maxwell),” Bonjean said in a statement, referring to Jeffrey Epstein’s co-conspirator who is also locked up at the Sunset Park jail. 

“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. 

R. Kelly was sentenced to 30 years in prison.
AP

Bonjean did not elaborate on what was so harsh about suicide watch, but a former warden of the MDC previously told The Post it includes round-the-clock surveillance by either a guard or another inmate.

A spokesperson for the federal Bureau of Prisons declined to comment about Kelly, but said the agency is “committed to ensuring the safety and security of all inmates in our population, our staff, and the public.” 

Kelly, 55, was sentenced to 30 years in prison on Wednesday for racketeering and other charges related to a criminal enterprise he ran for decades that allowed him to prey on and sexually abuse a number of his fans and others he drew into his inner circle. 

“With every addition of a new victim, you grew in wickedness,” victim Jovante Cunningham told Kelly in the courtroom before a federal judge handed down the three-decade sentence.

“You used your fame and power to groom and coach underage boys and girls for your own sexual gratification,” she added.

Kelly is due to be transferred to Illinois in the coming weeks, where he is due to go on trial on child pornography, sexual abuse and other charges in Chicago next month.



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