After being sentenced to 30 years in prison on June 29, R. Kelly (55) is currently being held in a detention center in the Brooklyn borough of New York. According to consistent US media reports, the former R&B star is now suing the prison.
Kelly was found guilty on nine counts in 2021, including sexual exploitation of minors and kidnapping. A New York judge announced the sentence on Wednesday. The singer has now sued the detention center because he is allegedly under special surveillance for suicidal tendencies.
“Cruel and Unusual Punishment”
The decision to place Kelly under surveillance was made for “pure punitive reasons” and because her client is a “high-profile inmate,” Kelly’s attorney, Jennifer Bonjean, said. the US magazine “People” in a statement. Corresponding court documents say that the 55-year-old is not suicidal and that it is a “cruel and unusual punishment”. This type of special surveillance could therefore cause “serious mental damage”.
When asked by the magazine, the responsible prison authority said that for security reasons no details about the prison conditions of individual inmates were published. The top priority, however, is “humane treatment” of imprisoned people.