R. Kelly is suing the Metropolitan Detention Heart Brooklyn, the place he’s been incarcerated since being sentenced to 30 years in federal jail earlier this week. In his go well with, Kelly claims that he’s punitively been positioned below suicide watch at MDC Brooklyn, regardless of having no ideas of suicide or self-harm. The go well with names each the power and its warden, Heriberto Tellez. Pitchfork has contacted representatives for the singer, the U.S. Division of Justice, and MDC Brooklyn for remark.
Within the go well with, Kelly claims that he was positioned below suicide watch after receiving his sentence on June 29. The go well with claims that Kelly is being held below suicide watch to punish him for his celeb standing, and that he’s made to put on a paper-like smock and denied utensils to eat. It additional claims that the circumstances of Kelly’s confinement are inflicting him irreparable psychological hurt. The go well with additionally likens Kelly’s confinement to that of convicted intercourse offender Ghislaine Maxwell. Kelly seeks “award of compensatory damages for all emotional misery, humiliation, ache and struggling, and different hurt in an quantity to be decided at trial”
Kelly’s new authorized declare comes two days after he acquired his sentence for the federal intercourse trafficking and racketeering prices, of which he was convicted in September. His Chicago trial for federal little one pornography and obstruction prices begins on August 1, and Kelly continues to be dealing with felony prices for prostitution with a minor in Minnesota.