Since Kelly returned to prison with his new 30-year sentence, he has seen a doctor from the prison psychology department once a day to determine whether he should remain under suicide watch, the court documents show.
He is allowed to meet with his legal team while under suicide watch, per court documents.
Op Vrydag, Kelly’s attorney, Jennifer Bonjean, told CNN she believed Kelly had been fearful of being put on suicide watch.
“The irony of putting someone on suicide watch when they’re not suicidal is it actually causes more harm,” Bonjean said.
Bonjean earlier said she was told by prosecutors who spoke with prison officials that Kelly was placed on suicide watch because he is well-known.
“It’s punishment for being high-profile. And it’s horrifying frankly,” sy het gese. “To put someone under suicide watch under those conditions is cruel and unusual when they don’t need it.”
A jury convicted Kelly in September on nine counts, including one charge of racketeering and eight counts of violations of the Mann Act
, a sex trafficking law
. Prosecutors from the Eastern District of New York accused Kelly of using his status as a celebrity and a
“network of people at his disposal to target girls
, boys and young women for his own sexual gratification.
The five-week federal trial in Brooklyn included testimony from witnesses who said they were sexually and physically abused by Kelly
. The court also heard from people involved with orchestrating the disgraced R
1994 marriage to the late singer Aaliyah when she was just
15 years old and he was an adult after she believed she’d gotten pregnant
Kelly is scheduled to stand trial in Illinois in August on federal child pornography and obstruction charges, and will then be transferred to the custody of the Northern District of Illinois, hofrekords wys.