R. Kelly Put On Suicide Watch After Conviction

R. Kelly Put On Suicide Watch After Conviction

R. Kelly was under suicide watch after his extortion conviction.

In the first trial since a federal jury in Brooklyn found the R&B singer guilty, Kelly’s attorney Steve Greenberg said the U.S. Bureau of Prisons had placed his client under suicide watch, but that has since been lifted.

According to the Chicago Tribune, supervising a recently convicted inmate is a common practice in the federal prison system. Greenberg did not say whether Kelly had actually expressed a desire to harm herself.

Kelly appeared at the hearing via video from a federal prison in Brooklyn, but did not speak because no one could figure out how to unmute him.

Last month, the 54-year-old was convicted by a federal jury in New York on all nine counts, including racketeering, sex trafficking and sexual exploitation of a child. He faces a 10-year to life sentence if convicted on May 4.

After the conviction, he shared a message with his followers on Facebook, in which he said he was disappointed and proclaimed his innocence.

“To all my fans and supporters, I love you all and thank you for all the support,” he wrote in the statement. “Today’s verdict was disappointing and I will continue to prove my innocence and fight for my freedom. #not guilty.”

Kelly continues to be accused of child pornography and obstruction in Chicago. The jury process will begin on August 1, 2022 and is expected to last three to four weeks.


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