R Kelly placed on ‘suicide watch’ after suggestions from the singer’s former crisis manager

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The 52-year-old was arrested on child pornography and federal sex trafficking charges earlier in July, and is currently in jail awaiting arraignment.

He was denied bail after pleading not guilty.

This week, R Kelly’s crisis manager Darrell Johnson quit his role due to ‘personal reasons’ but is still concerned about the singer’s mental health.

During an interview with Gayle King on CBS This Morning, Johnson was asked if R Kelly is on ‘suicide watch’, to which he replied: ‘I would assume at this point that he is, I mean Mr Kelly’s a mess.

‘I’ve heard statements that he’s happy and wanted to be at this particular place.’

Johnson continued: ‘That’s absolutely not true, no one wants to be locked down 24 hours. No TV, he can’t read and write so he can’t read a book. It’s almost as if a jury’s convicted him.’

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When asked if he’s worried about R Kelly ‘harming himself’, Johnson replied: ‘I am.

‘Assuming the state of mind Mr Kelly is in now, any person, including myself, would want the authorities to be cautious over what is taking place.’

However R Kelly’s lawyer Steve Greenberg, told Metro.co.uk: ‘He is not [on suicide watch].’

King pressed the representative on whether he would leave his own 20-year-old daughter around R Kelly, who is accused of sexually abusing several women.

But he attempted to dodge the question by stating: ‘I would not leave my daughter with anyone who’s accused of pedophilia.’

Johnson reiterated his point adding: ‘I would not leave my daughter with anyone that’s accused of being a pedophile. I would not.’ It’s said that the Grammy-winning singer is currently in solitary confinement as he’s ‘scared of other prison inmates’.

R Kelly was previously charged with 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse in February, but pleaded not guilty and was released on bail after paying part of the $1 million (£792,000) bond.

On 12 July, the I Believe I Can Fly singer was arrested on a 13-count indictment. If found guilty on some of the charges, the singer could face up to 30 years behind bars. R Kelly famously denied the allegations in an interview with King back in March. In the tense interview, the singer said: ‘I’m very tired of all the lies. I’ve been hearing and seeing things on the blogs.

All of them [are lying]. That little girls trapped in the basement, helicopters over my house, handcuffing, starving people, I have a harem or cult. I don’t really know what a cult is but I know I don’t have one. ‘If you look at that documentary, everybody said something bad about me. They was describing Lucifer, I’m a man and make mistakes but I’m not the devil or a monster.’


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