R. Kelly sued the Brooklyn prison on Friday, which has housed her since her conviction for racketeering and sex crimes, saying she didn’t commit suicide, knowing she served a 30-year prison sentence. Wrongly put him on the watch of suicide.
In a complaint filed in Brooklyn federal court, the 55-year-old multiplatinum R&B singer said Metropolitan Detention Center officials ordered the watch on June 29 after he was sentenced “for punitive purposes only” and because he was “high-handed”. Profile” was the prisoner. ,
Kelly’s attorney, Jennifer Bonzen, quoted a prosecutor as saying that the prison’s legal counsel had told her that “according to the Department of Psychology, [Kelly] The mental is on alert for various reasons such as age, crime, publicity and punishment.” No timetable was provided.
Bonjean was not satisfied with the explanation. “Simply put, MDC Brooklyn is run like a gulag,” she wrote.
Kelly said the “harsh conditions” he faced caused “serious mental distress” and amounted to cruel and unusual punishment that violated the Eighth Amendment to the US Constitution.
He is seeking unspecified compensatory and punitive damages, although the docket suggests Kelly is seeking $100 million.
The prison did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
Known for his 1996 Grammy-winning hit I believe I can flyKelly was convicted in September of one count of racketeering and eight counts of violation of the Mann Act, which prohibits taking people across state lines for prostitution.
Prosecutors said Kelly took advantage of his stardom and wealth for more than two decades to attract women and underage girls to have sex in his classroom.
Kelly said he was also placed on suicide watch after his conviction.
Ghislaine Maxwell, another inmate at a Brooklyn prison, was placed on suicide watch on June 24, four days before financier Jeffrey Epstein was sentenced to 20 years in prison for sexually abusing underage girls.
Maxwell’s lawyer said the British socialite was given a “suicidal smoke” and denied clothing, toothpaste and soap, although she was also not committing suicide.
Friday’s filing did not say what specific circumstances Kelly faced.
Kelly still faces an August trial in Chicago federal court on child pornography and obstruction charges, and on various state charges in Illinois and Minnesota.