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Singer R. Kelly was put on suicide watch at a detention center in Brooklyn, New York, even though he does not intend to harm himself, his lawyer said.

The man termed the "King of R&B" has not been suicidal and was likely put on suicide watch for "punitive reasons," his lawyer insisted.

"Mr. Kelly was placed on suicide watch for purely punitive reasons in violation of his Eighth Amendment rights," Kelly's lawyer, Jennifer Bonjean, said, per Fox News.

"MDC has a policy of placing high profile individuals under the harsh conditions of suicide watch whether they are suicidal or not. MDC Brooklyn is being run like a gulag."


Bonjean plans to file a complaint in court, decrying the move from the federal detention facility as "illegal." After his sentencing, Kelly stressed he was fine and raised concerns that he may be placed under suicide watch despite not being suicidal, she said.

The singer was put on suicide watch because he was a prominent public figure, prosecutors told Bonjean. She asked him to email her after his sentencing Wednesday but has not received an email, reports said.

Kelly was hit with a 30-year prison sentence and a $100,000 fine on Wednesday after he was found guilty on nine charges of racketeering and sex trafficking last September. The racketeering charges included over a dozen instances of alleged kidnapping, sexual exploitation of a child, bribery, and sex trafficking over a roughly 25-year period.

Prosecutors panned him as a serial sexual predator and accused him of exploiting his fame to prey on victims for his own gratification.

His defense team has signaled it will appeal the sentencing and has voiced optimism about its prospects of winning an appeal.

The Bureau of Prisons said it "does not provide information about conditions of confinement or internal security practices for any particular inmate."

The Washington Examiner reached out to Kelly's lawyer for comment.


News of Kelly's placement on suicide watch follows reports of another convicted sex criminal, Ghislaine Maxwell, being placed on suicide watch. As with Kelly, Maxwell's lawyers claimed she was not suicidal. A few days later, she was sentenced to 20 years in prison for child sex trafficking and other crimes.

Her former boyfriend and convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein died under disputed circumstances in prison in 2019. Some medical experts claim it was the result of suicide, while public speculation runs rampant that he was felled by foul play as a result of his proximity to powerful figures such as former Presidents Bill Clinton and Donald Trump.

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GOP Senator pushes misleading claims about Democratic agenda

United States Senator Rick Scott (R-Florida) on Saturday blamed Democrats for economic woes such as inflation and rising rents.

"When you think about a typical senior in Florida, they're either on a fixed income or getting ready to retire. So in the last year and a half, what's happened?" Scott mused at a press conference. "Gas prices have skyrocketed, food prices have skyrocketed, rent is up. All of these things caused by the Democrats, so clearly they don't care about seniors in Florida. Now the latest bill is gonna cut Medicare. Democrats say, 'oh, they would never do that.' Let me just read you a quote by Joe Biden."

Republicans in the House of Representatives voted against legislation to bring down costs for consumers.

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Scott read something that Biden said – in 1995:

When I argued that we should freeze federal spending, I meant Social Security. As well, I meant Medicare and Medicaid. I meant veterans benefits. I mean every single solitary thing in the government.

Scott then falsely stated that Democrats are going to cut Medicare.

"This is Joe Biden. This is what they're doing. I mean, they're actually doing what they said they would do. They're actually cutting, what, $280 billion out of the Medicare budget and not putting it back in to try to make it more solvent," Scott said.

Democrats are actually trying to save the program money by allowing it to negotiate prescription drug prices.

"So what we've gotta do is we've gotta figure out why the Democrats are doing this. I have asked for the Aging Committee, of which I am a member, to hold a hearing. Why do the democrats have this war on seniors in Florida? Why do they not care about gas prices? Food prices? This new bill – the burden on every pay scale is going up. The tax burden is going up. I mean this just doesn't make any sense and it's hurting seniors all across my state," Scott added.

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Scott, who authored a manifesto that called for everybody to have "skin in the game" which his Senate colleagues panned, again is not telling the truth. The Inflation Reduction Act only increases taxes on Americans making at least $400,000 per year.

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\[email protected]: "In the last year and a half [...] gas prices have skyrocketed, food prices have skyrocketed, rent is up. All of these things caused by the Democrats, so clearly they don't care about seniors in Florida."\u201d — The Hill (@The Hill) 1659814260

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