In reversal, prosecutors say R. Kelly is now off suicide watch

A courtroom sketch showing a man sitting behind table while holding a tabletop microphone
In this courtroom sketch, R. Kelly briefly addresses Judge Ann Donnelly during his sentencing in federal court in New York on June 29.
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R. Kelly is no longer on suicide watch following the jailed R&B singer’s sentencing last week in a federal sex abuse case, prosecutors said in court papers filed Tuesday.

The filing came in response to a claim last week by Kelly’s attorneys that the 55-year-old was placed on suicide watch as a form of punishment last week after a judge sentenced him to 30 years behind bars for using his fame to sexually exploit women and girls.

“People have decided they’re sick of hearing these stories,” dream hampton, executive producer of the 2019 Lifetime docuseries, tells The Times.

June 30, 2022

Initially, prosecutors said the measure was needed for Kelly’s “own safety” following a psychological examination. They reversed themselves on Tuesday, saying prison officials took him off suicide watch based on a follow-up “clinical assessment.”


The Grammy-winning, multiplatinum-selling songwriter was found guilty last year of racketeering and sex trafficking. He has denied wrongdoing and plans to appeal his conviction.