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R. Kelly says he's being punished by being placed on suicide watch in a Brooklyn detention center, so now he's suing.

Kelly filed a lawsuit against MDC Brooklyn when he was placed on suicide watch with heavy restrictions after he was sentenced to 30 years in prison on Thursday.

In court documents obtained by TMZ, Kelly says he has no intentions of hurting himself and he objects to the "cruel and unusual punishment."

Kelly says he's in a single cell without bed rails, no showers, no shaving, no toilet paper, and he's being forced to eat meals with his hands because he can't use utensils.

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Kelly thinks he was placed on suicide watch because he's a celebrity.

He argues that his 8th Amendment rights are being violated because "he is not suicidal and expressly told MDC officials that he was not suicidal and had no thoughts of harming himself or others."

In the documents, Kelly mentions Jeffrey Epstein and associate Ghislaine Maxwell -- who were also placed on suicide watch.

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Kelly complained about being cut off from loved ones. He says it's ironic that inmates on suicide watch don't receive psychiatric care.

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Kelly also named MDC Brooklyn warden, Heriberto H. Tellez in his lawsuit. The "I Believe I Can Fly" singer/songwriter is suing for damages from emotional distress.

The Bureau of Prisons tells TMZ: "The BOP is committed to ensuring the safety and security of all inmates in our population, our staff, and the public. Humane treatment of the men and women in our custody is a top priority."

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Prior to his sentencing hearing on Thursday, Jussie Smollett told his legal team he would probably be jailed because he's Black.

Smollett, who is biracial, was a once popular actor starring in the FOX TV series "Empire" when he claimed he was ambushed on a Chicago street in January 2019 by two men wearing MAGA caps. He claimed the men tied a noose around his neck and poured bleach on him before fleeing into the night.

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In December, Smollett was convicted of committing a class 4 felony for lying to Chicago police. On Thursday he was sentenced to 150 days in the Cook County Jail and ordered to pay $120,106 in restitution and a $25,000 fine.

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After the sentencing hearing, Smollett's legal team said he told them he shouted "I'm not suicidal" in the courtroom because he feared he would be found dead in his jail cell, like the late financier Jeffrey Epstein who was found hanging in his Manhattan jail cell on August 10, 2019.

In a statement to the New York Post, the Cooks County Sheriff's Office confirmed on Friday that Smollett, 39, is housed in his own cell in "protective custody" where he is under video monitoring 24/7, per his request.

Additionally, a guard wearing a body cam is stationed at the entrance to his cell to observe the paranoid actor at all times, the New York Post reported.

Smollett is allowed out of his cell during the day to watch TV, eat, and read in a common area near the medical wing. No other inmates are allowed in the common area while he is out of his cell.

The Cook County Jail houses more than 6,000 inmates and is considered the most dangerous jail complex in the country.

Smollett's family posted his quote on his Instagram page, along with the comment: "OUR BROTHER IS INNOCENT AND WE WILL KEEP FIGHTING. #FreeJussie."

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Two jail guards were shopping online or sleeping when Jeffrey Epstein took his own life in his Manhattan jail cell in August.

Tova Noel, 31, and Michael Thomas, 41, who are Black, were arrested early Tuesday after they admitted to investigators that they did not check on the millionaire pedophile in his jail cell for several hours because they were on the Internet.

According to an indictment obtained by, Noel and Thomas were surfing the internet or fell asleep instead of performing mandatory checks on Epstein's cell at the Metropolitan Correctional Center on August 10.

The two jail guards are also suspected of fabricating log entries to say they had checked on the high-profile inmate. Epstein's jail cell was only 15 feet away from the officers.

The two federal Bureau of Prisons employees were formerly arraigned in a Manhattan court for falsifying records and conspiracy in relation to Epstein's death.

The two disgraced officers looked somber as they faced a judge during their arraignment.

As they were being arraigned, their fellow Black guards formed a blockade with their cars around the courthouse in support of the disgraced officers.

Epstein was in jail awaiting a hearing on multiple counts of felony child molestation and human trafficking.

He was placed on suicide watch after he attempted to hang himself on July 23. He was found unconscious on his cell floor with bruises on his neck.

Epstein was taken off suicide watch about a week before his death, but guards were still required to check on him every 30 minutes because he was still considered at risk for self harm.