R Kelly taken off suicide watch in jail following 30-year sentence

R. Kelly has been taken off suicide watch in an American prison after being sentenced to 30 years in prison last week.

Prosecutors initially said the star was placed on the heightened security method for his "own safety" following his psychological examination.

However, new filings have shown that attorneys on behalf of the US government have revealed the measures were no longer required.

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The filings said: "Following a clinical assessment, plaintiff Robert Sylvester Kelly, also known as 'R. Kelly,' was removed from suicide watch as of this morning, July 5, 2022.

"Because plaintiff has already been removed from suicide watch, there is nothing more that the court can do for him."

The '90s R&B star was convicted of all nine counts against him in the sex-trafficking trial, which took place in September last year.

The musician was involved in a mastermind scheme to entice and sexually exploit young aspiring singers and underage children throughout his stardom.

Kelly is due to return to court on August 15 to stand trial on charges related to possession of child pornography and obstruction of justice.

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Sentencing the musician, Judge Ann Donnelly said he had used his "minions" to "lure young fans into your orbit," and there were parts of his victims' testimony she would "never forget".

He was branded a "predator" who used his fame and fortune to "prey on the young, the vulnerable, and the voiceless for his own sexual gratification" following his conviction.

He was convicted on multiple counts of racketeering, with charges relating to bribery and forced labour.


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