Lawyers for convicted predator R Kelly have sued the Brooklyn jail where he is being held after being sentenced to 30 years in prison for sex trafficking and abusing young girls.
The disgraced R&B star was ‘illegally placed’ him on suicide watch on Friday at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn, his atttorney Jennifer Bonjean wrote in a statement on Twitter.
‘R. Kelly is not suicidal. He was in fine spirits after his sentencing hearing and ready to fight this appeal,’ Bonjean added.
Bonjean said she believed the 55-year-old was put under suicide watch for ‘punitive reasons,’ she told Fox News prior to the filing of the legal challenge.
‘Mr. Kelly was placed on suicide watch for purely punitive reasons in violation of his Eighth Amendment rights,’ she said. ‘MDC has a policy of placing high profile individuals under the harsh conditions of suicide watch whether they are suicidal or not. MDC Brooklyn is being run like a gulag.’
On Wednesday, Judge Ann M. Donnelly handed down Kelly’s 30-year sentence in the Brooklyn Federal Court.
Kelly was convicted of sex-trafficking and racketeering charges last September following a six-week trial that amplified accusations.
The ‘I Believe I Can Fly Singer’ has committed the heinous acts for decades before he was convicted.
Kelly declined to speak at his sentences after the court heard accusations from angered victims about how the singer preyed on them.
Aside from his 30 year sentence, he must also pay a $100,000 fine. It’s unclear where Kelly will spend his sentence.
Donnelly told Kelly he created ‘a trail of broken lives,’ adding that ‘the most seasoned investigators will not forget the horrors your victims endured.’
‘These crimes were calculated and carefully planned and regularly executed for almost 25 years,’ she said. ‘You taught them that love is enslavement and violence.’