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R. Kelly Placed on Suicide Watch After Sex Trafficking Conviction

R. Kelly Placed on Suicide Watch After Sex Trafficking Conviction

R. Kelly is being monitored.

The 54-year-old entertainer was placed on suicide watch after his racketeering and sex trafficking conviction back in September, according to his lawyer, via The Chicago Tribune on Wednesday (October 20).

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In the first hearing in Chicago since he was found guilty three weeks ago, his attorney Steve Greenberg told the court that the U.S. Bureau of Prisons placed the singer on suicide watch for some time. It has since been lifted.

His lawyer did not say whether R. Kelly had expressed any actual intent to harm himself.

He also told the court R. Kelly told him he’s in the process of revamping his legal team in the New York case.

“I think he’s talking about bringing in new lawyers in New York,” he said.

Judge Harry Leinenweber set a jury trial date of August 1 for R. Kelly and his two co-defendants, Derrel McDavid and Milton “June” Brown. The trial at Dirksen U.S. Courthouse is expected to last three or four weeks.

R. Kelly did not speak in the hearing because no one could figure out how to un-mute his video call from federal jail in Brooklyn.

Last month, a jury found R. Kelly guilty of 12 individual illegal acts, including sex with multiple underage girls, as well as a bribe to get a phony ID for 15-year-old singer Aaliyah so the two could get illegally married.

He faces anywhere from 10 years to life in prison when he’s sentenced on May 4.

YouTube recently made an announcement about R. Kelly‘s catalog.

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