3 Men Charged With Threatening R. Kelly Accusers
3 MEN BELIEVED TO BE CONNECTED TO R. KELLY CHARGED WITH TRYING TO HARASS, THREATEN AND BRIBE ALLEGED VICTIMS
(CNN) – Three men connected to R. Kelly have been arrested and charged with trying to harass, threaten and bribe alleged victims in the singers’ racketeering case.
That’s according to documents unsealed this week.
The complaints listed the defendants as Richard Arline Junior, who is “a self-proclaimed longtime friend” of R. Kelly’s.
Prosecutors say he was recorded offering one of the alleged victims compensation; including a $500,000 payment.
Donnell Russell is a “self-described manager, advisor and friend of Kelly.”
They say he “threatened to reveal sexually-explicit photographs” of an alleged victim if she did not withdraw her lawsuit against Kelly.
And, the third defendant is Michael Williams, who is related to a former publicist for Kelly.
According to a release, Williams set fire to an SUV outside a home where an alleged victim was staying.
An attorney for R. Kelly said his client “had nothing to do with any of these alleged acts by those charged.”
Kelly is facing charges in New York.
He also faces federal charges of child pornography and other crimes by the U.S. Northern District of Illinois; where he is being held without bail.
Kelly has pleaded not guilty to all of the charges and is awaiting trial.