R Kelly taken off suicide watch

Prosecutors had initially said that the measure was put in place for Kelly’s ‘own safety’ after a psychological examination, but attorneys for the US government said in new filings that it was no longer required.

R Kelly has been taken off suicide watch in prison, after earlier claiming that the protective treatment was a sort of punishment.

On Monday (4 July), the former R&B singer of the 1990s was sentenced to 30 years in prison in New York on charges of racketeering and sex trafficking.

Following a psychiatric assessment, prosecutors first stated that the step was required for Kelly’s “personal protection.” However, in subsequent filings, attorneys for the US government stated that the protections were no longer necessary.

“Following a clinical assessment, plaintiff Robert Sylvester Kelly, also known as ‘R. Kelly,’ was removed from suicide watch as on July 5, 2022,” the filings stated.

Kelly is due to return to court on 15 August to stand trial on charges related to possession of child pornography and obstruction of justice.

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