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Serial sex abuser R Kelly sues ‘Gulag’ jail over treatment

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R Kelly sued the Brooklyn jail that has held him since his racketeering and sex offense convictions, saying it falsely placed him on suicide watch.

In a lawsuit filed in Brooklyn federal court, the 55-year-old multi-platinum R&B singer said officers at the Metropolitan Detention Center ordered the watch “for punitive purposes” after his June 29 sentence. , because he was a “high profile” prisoner.

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Kelly was sentenced to 30 years in prison.

His attorney, Jennifer Bonjean, quoted prosecutors as saying the prison’s legal counsel told her, “According to the psychology department, (Kelly) was on psychological alert for a variety of reasons including age, crime, publicity and sentencing. state”. No timetable was provided.

Bonjean is not satisfied with this explanation.

“Simply put, MDC Brooklyn operates like a gulag,” she wrote.

Kelly said the “abhorrent conditions” he faced resulted in “severe mental distress” amounting to a cruel and unusual punishment for violating the Eighth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

He is seeking unspecified compensatory and punitive damages, although the docket shows Kelly is seeking $100 million (A$148 million).

The prison did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Known for the 1996 Grammy-winning single “I Believe I Can Fly,” Kelly was convicted last September of one count of racketeering and eight counts of violating the Mann Act, which prohibits transporting people across state lines for prostitution.

Prosecutors said Kelly, with the help of his entourage, used his star status and wealth over the past 20 years to lure women and underage girls into his sexual orbit.

Kelly still faces trial in August in federal court in Chicago on child pornography and obstruction charges and various state charges in Illinois and Minnesota.

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