R Kelly’s lawyer has completely refused to agree with any idea that he is on ‘suicide watch’ after the singer’s former crisis manager made some comments as regards his mental health issues. The 52-year-old veteran was arrested on charges of child pornography and federal sex trafficking charges earlier in July and is currently in jail while awaiting arraignment. He was denied bail after pleading not guilty.
The singer’s crisis manager Darrell Johnson left 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 was on ‘suicide watch’, to which he replied: ‘I would say that at this point that he is, I mean Mr. Kelly’s such a mess. ‘I’ve heard rumors like, he’s happy and wanted to be at someplace.’ Johnson continued: ‘That’s not true, no one wants to be on lockdown 24 hours. No TV, he can’t read and write, it’s almost as if he’s been convicted.’
The ex-manager was asked if he’s worried about R Kelly ‘harming himself’, Johnson replied: ‘I am. ‘taking a very close look at Mr. Kelly’s state of mind presently, any person, including myself, would want the authorities to be cautious over what is taking place.’ However, R Kelly’s lawyer Steve Greenberg,told reeporters ‘He is not [on suicide watch].’ King questioned the representative on if he would leave his 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.’
There are suggestions that the Grammy-winning singer requested for Solitary confinement as he’s ‘scared of other prison inmates.
R Kelly was previously convicted with a 10 counts charge 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” crooner 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]. Those little girls trapped in the basement, helicopters over my house, handcuffing, starving people, I have a harem or cult. I don’t 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. The talks about Lucifer, I’m a man and make I mistakes but I’m not a devil or a monster.’
William Kellogg is a veteran writer who’s covered the subject of the intersection of technology, health and mental wellness for nearly two decades.