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New York — R&B singer R. Kelly was sentenced to 30 years in prison last week after being convicted of sexual trafficking. It was. According to federal prosecutors, he was taken fromsuicide surveillancein Brooklyn prison where he was detained on Tuesday morning.
Kelly's lawyer Jennifer Parker confirmed that the multi-platinum singer was no longer monitoring suicide, but he filed a proceeding over being placed there. He said he plans to proceed. She said Kelly was not suicide.
Kelly, 55, is suing the Metropolitan Detention Center. Prison officials said they ordered a watch shortly after the June 29 ruling, "for disciplinary purposes only," because he was a "well-known" prisoner.
In a court filed Tuesday, prosecutors said Kelly had been removed from suicide surveillance as a result of clinical evaluation. He was also clinically evaluated before being monitored.
Bonjean in an email suggested that the deletion was a tactic to thwart his proceedings seeking unspecified compensatory and punitive damages. Court records suggest that Kelly is seeking $ 100 million.
"It's not surprising that they removed him as soon as the BOP had to explain their decision," Bonjan told the Federal Bureau of Prisons. I referred and said. Brooklyn Prison. "Still, our proceedings are proceeding."
BOP declined to comment.
Known for the 1996 Grammy-winning hit "I Believe I Can Fly," Kelly violated a law prohibiting the transportation of people across state borders for prostitution last September. I was convicted of doing so.
The prosecutor said that Kelly, named Robert Sylvester Kelly, used his stardom and wealth for over 20 years to have sex with women and girls with the help of his aides. He said he had invited him into the orbit.
Kelly has repeatedly denied accusations of sexual abuse.
Another prisoner in Brooklyn Prison, Ghislaine Maxwell, was sentenced to 20 years in prison for supporting the sexual abuse of a minor girl by financier Jeffrey Epstein on June 24, four days before. He was placed under suicide surveillance on the day.
Kelly is facing an August trial in Chicago Federal Court on charges of child pornography and obstruction, and various states in Illinois and Minnesota.
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