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R. KELLY PLACED ON SUICIDE WATCH AFTER CONVICTION

R. Kelly has been placed on suicide watch following his conviction on racketeering charges.

R.Kelly’s lawyer has revealed that the Grammy award winning singer has been placed on suicide watch, during the first court hearing, weeks after a New York Jury found him guilty of Child abuse and sexual offences.

Monitoring a recently convicted inmate is common practice in the federal prison system. Greenberg did not say whether Kelly had actually expressed a desire to harm himself.

His lawyer told a federal judge in Chicago on Wednesday, October 20,
that he and another of Kelly’s attorneys will be in trial on other cases through July next year so U.S. District Judge Harry Leinenweber has now set his Chicago trial for August 1, 2022.

In the first court hearing since a jury found Kelly guilty three weeks ago, attorneys told the judge they estimated that Kelly’s case, along with those of co-defendants Derrell McDavid and Milton ‘June’ Brown, would last three to four weeks.

Kelly appeared via conference call from a federal jail in Brooklyn during the hearing, but he did not speak because no one could unmute him.

READ ALSO: Singer R. Kelly Found Guilty Of Racketeering, Sex Trafficking

Last month, the 54-year-old was sentenced on all nine counts by a federal jury in New York, including racketeering, sex trafficking, and the sexual abuse of a child. He faces anywhere from 10 years to life in prison when he’s sentenced on May 4.

After the guilty verdict, he shared a message with his followers on Facebook, in which he said he was disappointed and proclaimed his innocence.

“To all my fans and supporters I love you all and thank you for all the support,” he wrote in the statement. “Today’s verdict was disappointing and I will continue to prove my innocence and fight for my freedom. #notguilty.”

Kelly is still facing charges of child pornography and obstruction in Chicago. The jury trial is slated to start Aug. 1, 2022 and is expected to last three to four weeks.

Legal experts have said there is a possibility that prosecutors could drop the charges in state court if he receives a lengthy prison sentence in New York.

 

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