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R. Kelly’s lawyer says the music icon has been placed on suicide watch in jail

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R. Kelly has been placed on suicide watch at the federal detention facility in Brooklyn where he is being held following his sentencing to 30 years in prison on racketeering and sex trafficking charges.

His lawyers who disclosed that the singer will be suing the federal prison housing him, insisted that there is no reason for Brooklyn’s Metropolitan Detention Center to put the 55-year-old Kelly on suicide watch.

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They added that doing so is causing “real and lasting harm” to the singer. Court documents allege that both before and after the sentencing, the singer was mentally stable and showed no signs of behavior that would justify placing him on suicide watch.

Kelly’s lawyer wrote in an accompanying affidavit; “Mr. Kelly impressed upon me repeatedly that he was not suicidal and the conditions of suicide watch at the MDC were extraordinarily stressful and harmful. He expressed on multiple occasions that he did not want to be put on suicide watch and that he was not suicidal and had no thoughts of harming himself or anyone else.”

To ensure he wouldn’t be sent to suicide watch, Kelly’s lawyers told him to email them as soon as he returned to the cell after his sentencing, the documents said. When they didn’t receive an email, the lawyers said, they repeatedly tried contacting the prison but were not able to get an update on Kelly’s location until two days later, when a prosecutor confirmed he had been placed on suicide watch.

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The prosecutor allegedly told Kelly’s legal team that MDC’s legal team said he had been moved “for various reasons, such as age, crime, publicity, and sentencing.”

One of the singer’s lawyers, Jennifer Bonjean told CNN; “The irony of putting someone on suicide watch when they’re not suicidal is it actually causes more harm, Mr Kelly was placed on suicide watch for purely punitive reasons in violation of his Eighth Amendment rights. MDC has a policy of placing high profile individuals under the harsh conditions of suicide watch whether they are suicidal or not. MDC Brooklyn is being run like a gulag.”

Ms Bonjean added that she had spoken with Kelly following the sentencing and he shared that he was mentally fine, but concerned that authorities would put him on suicide watch as they had after the guilty verdict.

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She added; “We are in the process of filing an emergency rule to show cause with the courts. MDC Brooklyn’s confinement of Mr Kelly to suicide watch is illegal, and they will be held accountable for it.”

Kelly, 55, was sentenced to 30 years in prison earlier this week for racketeering and other charges related to a criminal enterprise he ran for decades that allowed him to prey on and sexually abuse a number of his fans and others he drew into his inner circle.

Source: AmeyawDebrah.com

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Legendary Highlife Musician, A.B Crentsil Confirmed Dead

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Celebrated Ghanaian Highlife music legend A.B Crentsil is dead. Sintim Media confirms this sad news from Music Producer Fred Kyei Mensah as he shared on his official Facebook page on Wednesday morning, 13th July,2022.

Legendary Music Producer Fred Kyei Mensah took to his Facebook page to announce the death of the “Moses” hitmaker and this is what he wrote;

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….FAREWELL AB CRENSTIL.

The original composer and singer of the famous and controversial songs, ‘Moses and Atia’, AB Crenstil, has died!

He had a stint with a lot of bands before joining the Sweet Talks Band with Smart Nkansah and then his own band,  Ahenfo.

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His hit songs, ‘Juliana and Obi ba wiase’, cannot be forgotten.

More details soon.  Rest well

Abraham Benjamin Crenstil – Late Ghanaian Highlife Music Legend

Biography of A.B Crentsil

Alfred Benjamin “A. B.” Crentsil (born 1943) was a Ghanaian musician. He is one of the “big three” of contemporary Ghanaian vocalists.

Crentsil won numerous Ghanaian music awards, including the Fontomfrom Evergreen Award, a special hhonor bestowedupon a musician with 15–20 years of continuous music experience. He died on Wednesday, July 13, 2022.

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Alfred Benjamin Crentsil Jr was born in Prestea, Gold Coast (present-day Ghana), to the late Alfred Benjamin Crentsil Sr and Esi Yaaba in 1943. He was always known as AB junior until his father died in 1984 when he assumed the AB Crentsil name without the junior.

His primary and middle school education was the Takoradi Methodist Primary and Rev Cleveland Middle School respectively. After his middle-school examinations, AB worked as an electrical apprentice under his father, who was Works Superintendent of the technical branch of Ghana Railwaysat Takoradi.

While in middle school, Crentsil was introduced to the guitar by Mr. Thedoh. Crentsil became proficient in playing guitar and started singing along when playing it. He was simultaneously working as an electrician and playing with the Strollers Band owned by one Kwesi Donkor.

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A.B Crentsil has played with the El Dorados, the Sweet Talks – which latter group in the 1970s, under the joint leadership of Crentsil and Smart Nkansah, were the resident band at The Talk Of The Town Hotel in Tema, with Crentsil as a lead singer and then finally the Ahenfo Band.

Crentsil opened a 16-track recording studio in 1990. “Devil” is among his bbest-known songs.

Crentsil continued to release new albums and won the accolades that are awarded to top musicians in Ghana. As he always says: “When burger highlife came and everybody loved it, we all joined the train because we also wanted to make some money, but one that I realized is that, highlife will always be the original form of music for Ghanaians and we will always come back to it.”

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