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  /  10.21.2021

R. Kelly was placed on suicide watch after he was found guilty of charges accusing him of sexually abusing girls, women and boys for more than two decades.

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.

As REVOLT previously reported, last month, Kelly was convicted of one count of racketeering, with 14 underlying acts that included sexual exploitation of a child, bribery, kidnapping and sex trafficking charges.

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.


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