Give no more suicidal tendencies: R. Kelly is no longer under surveillance

After the guilty verdict, 55-year-old R.

Give no more suicidal tendencies: R. Kelly is no longer under surveillance

After the guilty verdict, 55-year-old R. Kelly is considered suicidal in prison and placed under special surveillance. His lawyers are filing a lawsuit against him. This now appears to be obsolete as the New York authorities no longer classify it as endangered.

Former R'n'B star R. Kelly ("I Believe I Can Fly"), who was sentenced to 30 years in prison for sex crimes, no longer needs to be under special surveillance in prison, according to the New York authorities. The 55-year-old singer is no longer considered suicidal, the New York prosecutor said today. This also means that a lawsuit by Kelly's lawyers, who see the musician's conditions of detention as a dictatorship due to his notoriety, is no longer valid.

Because of the classification as suicidal, he was housed in a spartan solitary cell and had to wear clothes made of a particularly rough fabric, his lawyers said in the lawsuit.

The public prosecutor had initially defended the classification as justified. Daily conversations with him by prison psychologists led to this assessment. The 55-year-old former pop superstar was sentenced to 30 years in prison last week in an abuse trial.

With the sentence, Judge Donnelly followed the prosecutor's office, who had asked for more than 25 years in prison for the singer, who has been in prison since his arrest in the summer of 2019. Such a punishment is appropriate, among other things, because of the seriousness of his crimes, and Kelly is still a danger, the prosecutor had justified their claim - and Donnelly agreed. The judge also imposed a fine of $100,000.

Kelly is currently being held in a federal prison in the Brooklyn borough of New York but could be transferred pending another trial in early August. Last year, after a trial lasting several weeks, a jury found the musician guilty of all nine charges, including sexual exploitation of minors, kidnapping and bribery. Kelly had always denied the allegations. In court, the defense portrayed Kelly as a "sex symbol" who simply lived a "playboy life."

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