R. Kelly says he’s being punished by being put on suicide watch in a Brooklyn detention center, so now he’s suing.
Kelly filed a lawsuit against MDC Brooklyn when he was placed on severe restrictions on suicide watch after being sentenced Thursday to 30 years in prison.
In court documents obtained by: TMZKelly says he has no intention of hurting himself and objects to the “cruel and unusual punishment.”
Kelly says he is in a single room with no side rails, no showers, no shaving, no toilet paper, and that he is forced to eat with his hands because he cannot use kitchen utensils.
Kelly thinks he’s been put on suicide watch because he’s a celebrity.
He argues that his Eighth Amendment rights are being violated because “he is not suicidal and he has expressly told MDC officials that he was not suicidal and had no thought of harming himself or others.”
In the documents, Kelly names Jeffrey Epstein and collaborator Ghislaine Maxwell — who were also placed on suicide watch.
Kelly complained that she was cut off from loved ones. He says it is ironic that suicide watch inmates do not receive psychiatric care.
Kelly also named MDC Brooklyn director Heriberto H. Tellez in his lawsuit. The singer-songwriter “I Believe I Can Fly” is suing for emotional distress.
The Bureau of Prisons tells TMZ: “The BOP is committed to ensuring the safety and security of all inmates in our population, our staff and the public. Humane treatment of the men and women in our custody is a top priority.”