R Kelly’s lawyers are reportedly suing the “gulag” jail where he is being held for $100 million.
The convicted sex predator’s attorney Jennifer Bonjean announced the action on Friday, saying it was the result of the singer “illegally” being placed on suicide watch at the Metropolitan Detention Center (MDC), Brooklyn, where he is jailed after being sentenced to 30 years for sex trafficking and abusing young girls.
He is seeking unspecified compensatory and punitive damages, though it has now been reported the docket suggests Kelly is seeking $100 million (£83 million.)
It is the same jail where convicted sex trafficker Ghislaine Maxwell, 60, is incarcerated.
Bonjean said on Twitter on Friday (01.07.22): “This evening we sued the MDC Brooklyn for illegally confining R. Kelly to suicide watch.”
She added: “R. Kelly is not suicidal. He was in fine spirits after his sentencing hearing and ready to fight his appeal. Placing him on suicide watch was punitive conduct by the @BureauOfPrisons.”
The lawyer added to Fox News the monitoring was “in violation of his Eighth Amendment rights”.
She also told NBC News: “MDC Brooklyn is being run like a gulag. My partner and I spoke with Mr Kelly following his sentencing, he expressed that he was mentally fine, was behaving appropriately and was eager to pursue his appeal."
Suicide watch typically leads to a prisoner being placed in a bare-bones cell and issued a tear-resistant, one-piece smock to wear.
It also often includes increased observation from wardens.
Kelly – real name Robert Sylvester Kelly – will face a second trial in August on charges he possessed child sexual abuse images.
He was sentenced last Wednesday to three decades in prison at the US District Court in New York for masterminding a scheme to entice and sexually exploit young aspiring singers and underage children.