Since Robert Kelly AKA R. Kelly was sentenced to 30 years on Tuesday, he’s being closely watched for suicide. He’s being held at the federal detention center in New York for racketeering and sex traffic charges. And although Kelly is on suicide watch, his attorney denies he’s suicidal at all.
“The irony of putting someone on suicide watch when they’re not suicidal is it actually causes more harm,” Bonjean said.
R. Kelly Disagrees With The Suicide Watch
Kelly, 55, was placed on suicide watch because he is well known, Bonjean said she was told by prosecutors who spoke with prison officials. CNN has reached out to prosecutors and the Bureau of Prisons for confirmation.
“It’s punishment for being high-profile. And it’s horrifying frankly,” she said. “To put someone under suicide watch under those conditions is cruel and unusual when they don’t need it.”
The Step in the Name of Love hitmaker has been ordered to get sex treatment, if and when he gets out according to TMZ. The charging documents describe sex and oral sex with a minor “by the use of force or threat of force.” The incidents took place between 2009 and 2010.
The singer has denied the allegations against him, including in a remarkable TV interview with Gayle King in which he screamed, cursed and jumped out of his chair.
Meanwhile,one of his ex girlfriends named Kitti, who also testified in his court trial, recently told TMZ that ‘R.Kelly really needed to seek help’. And that he could go about getting it one of two ways: taking accountability and serious therapy.
A Victim Speaks Out
After his sentencing, she expressed gratitude that he can’t hurt anymore women because he’s off the streets. She went on to tell the news outlet that “R. Kelly needs to accept the harm he’s inflicted on his victims and turn his life over to God … plus making the most of the mental health treatment he’s been ordered to undergo upon his prison release”.
In a nutshell, after years of persistent rumors and accusations of sexual misconduct, the ‘Ignition’ singer was tried in 2008 on child pornography charges stemming from a 27-miniute tape in which prosecutors said he had sex with and urinated on a teenage girl. Unlike Kitti; the girl refused to testify against him, and the R&B hit maker was acquitted on all counts.