After Conviction, R. Kelly was placed on Suicide Watch

R. Kelly is being kept under surveillance.

According to his lawyer, the 54-year-old musician was placed on suicide watch following his racketeering and sex trafficking conviction in September, as reported by The Chicago Tribune on Wednesday (October 20).

His attorney, Steve Greenberg, told the court in his first appearance in Chicago since he was found guilty three weeks ago that the singer had been placed on suicide watch for some time by the US Bureau of Prisons. Since then, it has been lifted.

R. Kelly’s counsel did not clarify whether he had stated any desire to harm himself.

He also informed the court that R. Kelly has told him that his legal team in the New York case is being restructured.

He responded, “I believe he’s talking about bringing in new lawyers in New York.”

R. Kelly and his two co-defendants, Derrel McDavid and Milton “June” Brown, will face a jury trial on August 1st, according to Judge Harry Leinenweber. The Dirksen U.S. Courthouse trial is likely to last three to four weeks.

Because no one could figure out how to unmute R. Kelly’s video call from federal prison in Brooklyn, he did not speak at the court.

R. Kelly was found guilty of 12 separate unlawful crimes last month, including having intercourse with many young females and paying a bribe to procure a fake ID for 15-year-old singer Aaliyah so the two could get married illegally.

When he is sentenced on May 4, he could face anywhere from ten years to life in jail.

R. Kelly’s back catalog was recently announced on YouTube.