Serial sex offender R Kelly sues ‘gulag’ prison over treatment

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R Kelly has sued the Brooklyn jail that has housed him since his conviction for racketeering and sex crimes, claiming it wrongfully put him under surveillance.

In a lawsuit filed in federal court in Brooklyn, the 55-year-old multi-platinum R&B singer said Metropolitan Detention Center officials ordered the watch after his June 29 sentencing “solely for punitive purposes” and because he was a “profile”. ” detained.

Kelly was sentenced to 30 years in prison.

His lawyer, Jennifer Bonjean, quoted a prosecutor as saying the prison legal counsel told her that “according to the psychology department, (Kelly) is on psychological alert for various reasons, such as age, crime, publicity and condemnation”. No timetable was provided.

Bonjean was not satisfied with the explanation.

“Put simply, MDC Brooklyn is run like a gulag,” she wrote.

Kelly said the “harsh conditions” he faced resulted in “severe mental distress” and amounted to cruel and unusual punishment that violated the Eighth Amendment to the US Constitution.

He is seeking unspecified compensatory and punitive damages, although the filing suggests Kelly is seeking $100 million (A$148 million).

The prison did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Known for the 1996 Grammy-winning hit “I Believe I Can Fly,” Kelly was convicted last September of one count of racketeering and eight counts of violating the Mann Act, which prohibits transportation of persons across state lines for the purpose of prostitution.

Prosecutors said Kelly exploited his fame and wealth for two decades to lure women and underage girls into his orbit for sex, with help from those around him.

Kelly still faces a trial in August in federal court in Chicago for child pornography and obstruction, and various state charges in Illinois and Minnesota.

-PAA

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