R. Kelly sues Brooklyn jail for putting him on suicide watch

R. Kelly on Friday sued the Brooklyn jail that has housed him since his racketeering

and sex crimes conviction, saying it wrongly put him on suicide watch after he

received a 30-year prison sentence despite knowing he was not suicidal.

In a complaint filed in Brooklyn federal court, the 55-year-old multiplatinum R&B

singer said officials at the Metropolitan Detention Center ordered the watch after

his June 29 sentencing "solely for punitive purposes" and because he was a "high-profile" inmate.

Kelly's lawyer Jennifer Bonjean quoted a prosecutor as saying the jail's legal

counsel had told her that "per the psychology department, [Kelly] is on a psych

alert for various reasons, such as age, crime, publicity and sentencing." No timetable was provided.