R.Kelly’s lawyer has confirmed that the Grammy winner has been placed on suicide watch, only weeks after a New York jury convicted him guilty of child abuse and sexual offenses.
Kelly, who is facing four different accusations in state court in Chicago alleging sexual assault and a child prostitution allegation in Minnesota, may spend the rest of his life in jail after being convicted of identical crimes in New York.
Kelly’s lawyer told a federal judge in Chicago on Wednesday, October 20, that he and another of Kelly’s lawyers will be on trial for other matters until July of next year, thus U.S. District Judge Harry Leinenweber has rescheduled his Chicago trial until August 1, 2022.
‘I think he’s talking about bringing in new lawyers in New York,’ Kelly’s lawyer Greenberg told U.S. District Judge Harry Leinenweber.
“He has since been placed on suicide watch”
Attorneys informed the judge that Kelly’s case, along with that of co-defendants Derrell McDavid and Milton ‘June’ Brown, would continue three to four weeks in the first court session since a jury convicted Kelly guilty three weeks ago.
Kelly, who is still imprisoned in New York, was on a conference call listening to the hearing but did not speak. His sentence is set for May 4, and he might spend the rest of his life in jail.
If he obtains a hefty jail term in New York, legal experts say it’s possible that prosecutors would dismiss the accusations in state court.
He was found guilty of 12 separate criminal actions by a New York jury, including sex with underage girls and 1994 plan to bribe an Illinois public aid office in order to get a phony ID for 15-year-old singer Aaliyah so the two could be married illegally. At the time, Kelly was 24 years old.