R. Kelly Reportedly Placed On Suicide Watch Following Sex Trafficking Conviction

R. Kelly Reportedly Placed On Suicide Watch Following Sex Trafficking Conviction

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R. Kelly Reportedly Placed On Suicide Watch Following Sex Trafficking Conviction
R. Kelly Reportedly Placed On Suicide Watch Following Sex Trafficking Conviction

R. Kelly was reportedly placed on suicide watch after being convicted of sex trafficking

Kelly was put on suicide watch three weeks ago, according to the singer’s attorney, Steve Greenburg, but is no longer considered to be at danger as per The Independent.

On Wednesday (Oct. 20), Steve Greenberg, who represents the “I Believe I Can Fly” singer, revealed that the U.S. Bureau of Prisons placed the vocalist on suicide watch, which is common practice for federal prisons to be able to observe the emotional well-being of recently convicted prisoners. Greenberg said his client never expressed any desire to actually harm himself and the provision has since been lifted.

Additionally, he was also convicted of eight counts of violations of the Mann Act, a sex trafficking law that makes it illegal to move anyone across state lines “for any immoral purpose.” The disgraced singer’s sentencing is set for May 4, 2022, where he potentially faces 10 years to life in prison.

However, Kelly’s legal problems are far from over. On Wednesday (Oct. 20), U.S. District Judge Harry Leinenweber announced that the singer is will stand trial on Aug. 1 in his home state of Illinois.

Kelly is facing obstruction of justice and child pornography charges following allegations that he videotaped his sexual rendezvous with multiple women — while they were underage. According to the 2019 indictment, the Grammy award-winning musician was accused of settling claims and bribing people with money and gifts in an attempt to obtain all copies of the sex tapes before investigators.

Kelly’s 14-year-old goddaughter is allegedly on one of the tapes. She will possibly take the stand to testify — years after she initially refused to share her testimony when the singer faced child pornography charges nearly two decades ago. The “Step In The Name of Love” vocalist reportedly paid the parents of the young girl to prevent her from speaking up at the trial and flew them out of the United States so authorities would not be able to interrogate them.

However, Greenburg made the claims during a court hearing in Chicago, the first since Kelly was convicted of a racketeering conspiracy in which he allegedly exploited his music business to promote illegal activities. He was also convicted of sex trafficking. Meanwhile, Greenburg did neither corroborate or refute Kelly’s stated intention to hurt himself. The jury in New York found him guilty of 12 separate unlawful actions, including intercourse with several underage girls and a 1994 plot to bribe an Illinois public official in order to get a false ID for 15-year-old singer Aaliyah so the two could marry illegally.

Back in June, ABC 7 Chicago reported that Greenberg and Leonard requested to step back from Kelly’s.

On Sept. 27, R. Kelly was found guilty of racketeering and eight violations of sex trafficking charges in a federal court in Brooklyn. The 54-year-old disgraced singer faces between 10 years and life in prison. His sentencing hearing is scheduled for May 4.

Kelly faces another federal trial in Chicago for sex-related charges, including producing child pornography. According to the Tribune, the 13-count indictment, filed in July 2019, alleges that both Kelly and his associates, co-defendants Derrel McDavid and Milton “June” Brown, ran a years-long scheme to cover up the abuse of an unnamed minor, identified as “Minor 1,” including flying her parents out of the country so they wouldn’t be able to talk to investigators. Prosecutors also alleged that Kelly and his associates paid hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash to the victim and her family to force them to lie about the abuse she allegedly sustained to a grand jury.

Judge Leinenweber set an Aug. 1, 2022 jury trial date for Kelly and two of his associates. Kelly faces a minimum of 10 years and a maximum of 20 years in federal prison, if convicted on the lead charge of producing child pornography.

XXL has reached out to R. Kelly’s attorney and the U.S. Bureau of Prisons for comment.

As per The Independent, he will be sentenced on May 4, 2022, and faces up to 10 years life in jail. However, Kelly is awaiting a new trial in Chicago, where he is accused of 13 more sex offenses, including the production of child pornography. He’s also accused of plotting to intimidate victims and hide evidence. Kelly has pled not guilty to all of the allegations leveled against him.

Meanwhile, the trial in Chicago was scheduled to begin in April of this year, but it has been pushed up until August 2022 owing to the continuing pandemic and Kelly’s separate trial in New York.

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