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    R. Kelly placed under suicide watch in Chicago prison, camp claims

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    Beleaguered R&B singer R. Kelly is on suicide watch in prison after being denied bail Wednesday in his New York City sex-abuse case, according to several sources in the singer’s camp.

    “R. Kelly is under suicide watch in his Chicago holding facility,” a source in the singer’s entourage told “He was talking about the Bible and how it’s changing his life. We know Rob never opened a Bible, so that was a dead giveaway that he’s heading in a downward spiral. He needs help and fast.”

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    “Even if a bail is set, we aren’t getting him out.” an insider told us. “Not only because the money isn’t there, but at the end of the day he has to deal with what he did do, which is the situation with the underage girls. [R. Kelly] comes from a family of incest.”

    Several camp members believe they were tricked into R. Kelly’s world after realizing what the singer was up to behind closed doors.

    “We had to dive into his world, and we got trapped in the God damn closet with him because he knew this sh– was coming down the pipeline, but he didn’t tell us that. He didn’t warn us: ‘These young girls that I’ve been f—ing on.’”

    The 52-year-old entertainer is charged with crimes pertaining to sexual assault and human trafficking was transferred to a Metropolitan Correctional Center in Chicago, where he is expected to remain until at least 2020.

    R. Kelly placed under suicide watch in Chicago prison, manager claims
    R. Kelly (left) at a hearing in Chicago in September. (Antonio Perez/AP)
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    Kelly was denied bail Wednesday in his New York City case after a judge agreed with prosecutors that freeing him from jail would create a risk of him fleeing or tampering with witnesses. U.S. District Judge Ann Donnelly denied Kelly’s request to be freed from prison to be placed under home monitoring. Trial is scheduled to begin on May 18.

    “‘They’re trying to kill me to produce the ultimate sequel in their f—ed up documentary,'” R. Kelly told his camp during a brief phone call Thursday. “‘They best believe if they win an award for the death of me I’ll haunt them eternally,” Kelly spewed.

    The singer also slipped in a wisecrack: “‘Except the black man dies in the sequel. Everyone know[s] black men die first in scary movies and I made it this far. But I don’t think I’ll survive mentally or physically in this b–ch.'”

    What’s more, Kelly believes if he offed himself before the premiere of Surviving R. Kelly, he would’ve gone down in history as an R&B icon.

    R. Kelly placed under suicide watch in Chicago prison, manager claims
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    “‘I am in prison for showing my love for women, I love women. I envy women.'” Kelly ranted to his camp. “‘Had I gotten into a car accident or fallen out of my apartment window and plummeted to my death before that propaganda was released, I would have at least gone down as the hero I worked so hard to become.'”

    The Federal Bureau of Prisons was unable to confirm nor deny Kelly’s current status in prison, but noted he is under 24/7 watch for his own safety.

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