R. Kelly's associates charged in scheme to threaten, intimidate and bribe alleged victims


R. Kelly’s have been arrested for separate schemes to harass, threaten, intimidate and bribe alleged victims within the singer’s case. Kelly, actual title Robert Sylvester Kelly, is awaiting trial on federal sexual abuse and racketeering prices for purported crimes in Chicago and New York.

Federal prosecutors in Brooklyn introduced on Wednesday prices have been introduced towards Richard Arline, Jr., Donnell Russell and Michael Williams. Three prison complaints had been unsealed and element how the boys allegedly tried to affect accusers from testifying. In one occasion, prosecutors declare a automobile was set on hearth as a way to intimidate a lady.

“The defendants are separately charged with engaging in multiple crimes that were intended to undermine and subvert the integrity of the criminal justice system and victimize the women who have come forward with serious allegations of criminal conduct against the defendant R. Kelly,” appearing U.S. Attorney Seth D. DuCharme acknowledged within the launch, obtained by Yahoo Entertainment. “Efforts to illegally influence pending federal cases, whether through threats of violence, intimidation, damage to property, or payments to buy a potential witness’s silence, will not be tolerated.”

Arline is a longtime pal of Kelly’s who prosecutors imagine tried to illegally affect the cooperation and testimony of an alleged sufferer. The girl contacted legislation enforcement when she discovered of Arline’s plan and authorities had been capable of file cellphone calls between the 2. Arline apparently supplied her $500,000 “to be quiet” and claimed that he had communicated with Kelly whereas the “Ignition” crooner was incarcerated.

Three males have been arrested and charged for harassing alleged R. Kelly victims. (Photo: Reuters)

During one intercepted name, Arline allegedly mentioned, “If I had a way to talk to Rob [Kelly], being next to him, and telling him what’s going on, without nobody listening to, no feds, nobody, he gonna pay her… off to be quiet” as a result of “[s]he got too much. She got too much.” 

Russell is Kelly’s self-described supervisor, adviser and pal who’s accused of harassing and intimidating an alleged sufferer (“Jane Doe”) and her mom after the ladies filed a civil lawsuit towards the musician.

“Specifically, Russell threatened to reveal sexually explicit photographs of Jane Doe and to publicly reveal her sexual history if she did not withdraw her lawsuit against Kelly and ‘cease her participation and association with the organizers’ of a ‘negative campaign’ against Kelly,” prosecutors declare.

In June 2020, Williams — a relative of a person who as soon as served as a publicist for Kelly — allegedly set hearth to an SUV parked outdoors a residence in Florida the place one in every of Kelly’s alleged victims and others had been staying. Fire investigators detected an accelerant alongside the surface perimeter of the residence. 

“Cell site records, surveillance footage, toll records and photographs, and Williams’ internet searches for the victim’s address, revealed that Williams had driven from Georgia to the Florida residence. Williams also performed internet queries about the detonation properties of fertilizer and diesel fuel, witness intimidation and witness tampering, and countries that do not have extradition with the United States,” prosecutors say. 

Along with trying to affect, delay and forestall a sufferer’s testimony, Williams can also be charged with maliciously damaging and destroying a car by way of hearth and an explosive.

Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) particular agent-in-charge Peter C. Fitzhugh mentioned in a press release “These crimes shock the conscience.” 

“The men charged today allegedly have shown that there is no line they will not cross to help Kelly avoid the consequences of his alleged crimes — even if it means re-victimizing his accusers. These acts not only fly in the face of human decency, they insult the very rule of law. HSI will continue to bring the full force of our investigative powers to pursue those seeking to attack witnesses and pervert the cause of justice. To the victims of these and other crimes: we stand with you. We will meet your bravery with our resolve to keep you safe to tell your story,” Fitzhugh concluded. 

NYPD Commissioner Dermot F. Shea added: “The bribery, intimidation and violence alleged in these complaints reflects a nationwide pattern of criminality that further victimized civilian witnesses in a federal case. Such behavior can never be accepted and I commend the NYPD investigators, federal agents and prosecutors from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York in bringing these charges.”

Kelly, 53, faces little one pornography and obstruction of justice prices in Chicago, whereas in Brooklyn, he faces a separate federal racketeering indictment. The R&B singer has been behind bars for greater than a 12 months in Chicago and maintains his innocence in each instances.