Feds say R. Kelly was not placed on suicide watch as punishment
R. Kelly’s claim that he was placed under suicide watch in a Brooklyn jail as punishment for his rampant sex crimes was derided by prosecutors.
The “Ignition” singer received proper treatment at the Metropolitan Detention Center following his sentencing last week, according to court documents filed by federal prosecutors.
The FBI added that Kelly is adjusting to life behind bars because of the “extraordinarily serious crimes” he has committed.
Kelly’s attorneys argued in a lawsuit filed Friday that the R&B legend was being held in a “gulag” and placed under suicide watch solely because of his “high-profile” status.
In an emergency response to Kelly’s suit, FBI agents said the singer was being monitored “for his own safety.”
A Bureau of Prisons psychologist “conducted a personal assessment” of Kelly after he was sentenced to 30 years in prison last week, according to court documents filed on behalf of Brooklyn-based US Attorney Breon Peace.
The prison doctor decided that it was in Kelly’s best interest to stand guard.
The FBI also said the disgraced singer “is not suggesting his time as a suicide watch is particularly harsh compared to ordinary prison life.”
“Significantly, the plaintiff does not explain why being placed on the suicide watch list will cause him irreparable psychological harm, regardless of his incarceration generally,” prosecutors Melanie Speight and Joseph Marutollo wrote.
“The plaintiff’s current circumstances undoubtedly involve emotional distress. The plaintiff was convicted of exceptionally serious crimes in a case that drew immense public attention. He is a convicted sex offender who has been sentenced to the next three decades in prison.”
Feds court filings filed Saturday also noted that Kelly – who was convicted of using his fame to exploit underage fans – “faces another federal criminal trial in Chicago on child pornography-related charges.”
“Nothing in the plaintiff’s complaint or motion indicates that the alleged conditions of the suicide were observed [Brooklyn’s Metropolitan Detention Center] alone put plaintiff in serious distress, and not these other pressing concerns,” prosecutors wrote.
On Friday, Kelly filed a potential $100 million lawsuit alleging he faced “cruel and unusual punishment” and “willful infliction of emotional distress” by the investigation intended to keep him from getting himself killing at the MDC, which he claimed “is walking like a gulag.”
The FBI said that Kelly’s request for an injunction to clear him of suicide watch should be denied and that they would attempt to dismiss his lawsuit out of court “upon proper service of the complaint.”
Kelly’s attorney Jennifer Bonjean — who said in court filings that Kelly was not suicidal and compared his treatment to that of child molester Ghislaine Maxwell — called the FBI’s response “completely flawed.”
“Remarkably, they never even sealed the actual assessment to the court (or to me),” Bonjean said in an email on Sunday.
“The Government’s argument, in short, is that the BOP can do whatever it wants in the name of the safety and welfare of the occupant, even when we know they are actually harming the occupant and no one can question that, not even.” the courts. ”
Bonjean added, “Allowing the BOP to operate in this kind of secrecy should scare everyone.”