According to the singer’s attorney, Steve Greenburg, Kelly was placed on suicide watch three weeks ago but is no longer thought to be at risk.
Greenburg made the claims at a court hearing in Chicago, the first to occur since Kelly was found guilty of a racketeering conspiracy that claims he used his music career to further criminal acts. He was also found guilty of sex trafficking.
Greenburg did not confirm or deny that Kelly had actually expressed a desire to harm himself.
In the New York trial, the jury found him guilty of 12 individual illegal acts, including sex with multiple underage girls as well as a 1994 scheme to bribe an Illinois public official to get a fake ID for 15-year-old singer Aaliyah so the two could get illegally married.
He will be sentenced 4 May 2022 and faces between 10 years and life in prison.
Kelly awaits a further trial in Chicago, where he is accused of 13 further sex crimes including producing child pornography.
He’s also charged with conspiring to intimidate victims and conceal evidence. Kelly has pleaded not guilty to all charges.
The trial in Chicago was initially meant to commence in April this year but has been delayed until August 2022 due to the ongoing pandemic and Kelly’s separate trial in New York.
Kelly is also awaiting trial in both Wisconsin and Minnesota on other sexual misconduct charges.
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