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R. Kelly was put on suicide watch following his sex crime conviction last month, his attorney said.
The disgraced singer was found guilty of nine different sex crimes in September after a lengthy trial. After the verdict, he was put on suicide watch, according to his attorney, Steve Greenburg. R. Kelly is no longer considered suicidal.
Greenburg brought the claims at a Chicago court hearing, the first since the R&B artist was found guilty. However, the attorney did not confirm or deny whether R. Kelly had actually expressed a desire to harm himself in any way.
R. Kelly has been convicted of twelve separate illegal acts, including sex with several underage girls. He also attempted to bribe an Illinois official to obtain fake ID for the then 15-year-old singer Aaliyah so the two could illegally marry in 1994.
The singer is due to be sentenced in May next year and faces 10 years in prison. He is currently awaiting trial in Chicago where he will face 13 other sex crimes, including child pornography. He is also charged with conspiracy to intimidate victims and hide evidence. Kelly has pleaded not guilty on any count
R. Kelly has pleaded not guilty on any count. The Chicago trial was originally scheduled to take place earlier this year but has been postponed due to COVID-19 and the separate New York trial.
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And that's the only place he's involved: He's awaiting trial on other sexual misconduct charges in both Wisconsin and Minnesota.
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