R. Kelly is suing the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn, where he has been held since being sentenced to 30 years in federal prison earlier this week. In his lawsuit, Kelly claims he was placed on punitive suicide watch at MDC Brooklyn, despite having no idea of suicide or self-harm. The suit names both the establishment and its director, Heriberto Tellez. Pitchfork has contacted representatives for the singer, the US Department of Justice and MDC Brooklyn for comment.
In the lawsuit, Kelly claims he was placed on suicide watch after being sentenced on June 29. smocked and refused eating utensils. She further claims that the circumstances of Kelly’s confinement cause her irreparable mental harm. The suit also compares Kelly’s confinement to that of convicted sex offender Ghislaine Maxwell. Kelly seeks “an award of compensatory damages for all emotional distress, humiliation, pain and suffering and other harm in an amount to be determined at trial”
Kelly’s new lawsuit comes two days after he received his sentence for the federal sex trafficking and racketeering charges, which he was convicted of in September. His trial in Chicago on federal child pornography and obstruction charges begins Aug. 1, and Kelly still faces felony charges for prostitution with a minor in Minnesota.