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R. Kelly has been put on suicide watch for “purely punitive reasons,” according to his lawyer, who made the announcement on Friday, days after the disgraced R&B icon was given a 30-year prison term in an s*x trafficking case.
In federal detention at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn, Jennifer Bonjean claimed that her client’s rights under the Eighth Amendment to be free from cruel and unusual punishment were being violated.
According to Bonjean, famous convicts, such as convicted s*x trafficker Ghislaine Maxwell, are frequently placed on suicide watch but she believed her client wouldn’t hurt himself.
Bonjean alleged that “MDC Brooklyn is being run like a gulag.” “After his sentence, Mr. Kelly and I spoke with him, and he said he was mentally sound, acting appropriately, and was anxious to pursue his appeal.”
A prisoner on suicide watch is often given a tear-resistant, one-piece garment to wear and is given a basic cell. Additionally, guards’ level of observation is frequently raised.
Donald Murphy, a spokesperson for the Bureau of Prisons, stated on Friday that he was unable to comment particularly on Kelly’s custody circumstances.
According to Murphy, “the Bureau of Prisons does not share information on the detention conditions or internal security procedures for any specific detainee” due to safety and security concerns.
“The BOP is dedicated to protecting the security and safety of all of the prisoners in its care, as well as that of its staff and the public. Our main aim is to treat the men and women who are in our custody humanely.”
When rich financier and convicted s*x offender Jeffrey Epstein committed suicide in his Manhattan jail cell 3 years ago after being charged with molesting dozens of young girls, federal officials came under intense scrutiny.
In the days before his death, Epstein had been removed from suicide watch.