Feds scoff at R. Kelly’s Claim That he was Placed on Suicide Watch as Punishment

Feds scoff at R. Kelly’s Claim That he was Placed on Suicide Watch as Punishment – Prosecutors scoffed off R. Kelly’s claims that he was put on suicide watch in a Brooklyn jail as punishment for his widespread sex crimes.

Federal prosecutors submitted court documents stating that the “Ignition” singer was provided the required care at Metropolitan Detention Center following last week’s sentence. Kelly must get used to living in prison because of the “extraordinarily serious crimes” he has committed, the feds stated.

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In a lawsuit filed on Friday, Kelly’s attorneys claimed that the R&B legend was being kept in a gulag and that his high profile status was the only reason he had been put on suicide watch. Kelly’s lawsuit prompted an urgent response from the feds, who claimed that the singer was being watched “for his own safety.”

Following Kelly’s conviction last week for 30 years in prison, a psychologist with the Bureau of Prisons “conducted an in-person assessment,” according to court documents submitted on behalf of Brooklyn US Attorney Breon Peace. The prison doctor decided that Kelly would benefit from being kept on monitoring.

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The outraged musician “fails to argue that his time on suicide watch is exceptionally harsh compared to typical prison life,” the feds added in their statement. Prosecutors Melanie Speight and Joseph Marutollo noted that the plaintiff “significantly fails to demonstrate why inclusion on the suicide watch list will cause him irreparable mental suffering separate and independent from his confinement in general.”

It is undeniable that the plaintiff’s existing life conditions cause emotional distress. Plaintiff was found guilty of extremely serious charges in a case that received a lot of media attention. He was found guilty of sexual offense and will serve the next 30 years in prison.

In court documents submitted by the feds on Saturday, it was also mentioned that Kelly “faces another federal criminal prosecution in Chicago for allegations linked to child pornography.” Kelly was found guilty of abusing his popularity to prey on young fans.

Nothing in the plaintiff’s complaint or motion demonstrates that the purported circumstances of being placed on suicide watch at the Brooklyn Metropolitan Detention Center are, by themselves, causing the plaintiff great grief, instead of these other urgent issues, the prosecutors wrote.

Kelly filed a possible $100 million lawsuit on Friday, claiming that the scrutiny meant to prevent him from committing suicide in the MDC, which he claimed “is run like a gulag,” amounted to “cruel and unusual punishment” and “intentional infliction of emotional distress.”

The feds declared that Kelly’s request for a preliminary injunction to remove him off suicide watch should be denied and that they would work to have his lawsuit dismissed “after proper service of the complaint.”

The feds response was deemed “completely insufficient” by Kelly’s attorney Jennifer Bonjean, who claimed in court documents that Kelly wasn’t suicidal and contrasted his treatment with that of child sex trafficker Ghislaine Maxwell. In an email sent on Sunday, Bonjean noted that “notably, they did not submit the actual evaluation to the court (or me) even under seal.”

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The BOP can operate however it pleases in the name of the inmate’s safety and well-being, even when we know they are actually harming the inmate and no one can dispute it, even the courts, according to the government’s main argument. “Allowing the BOP to operate in this type of secrecy should worry everyone,” added Bonjean.

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