In the United States of America (U.S.A),Federal charges have been filed against three men who were allegedly harassing and threatening R. Kelly accusers.
The U.S. Department of Justice classified the actions of each of the men as “separate schemes”
The criminal complaint filed showed that Michael Williams, 37, went to Florida to light a car on fire to frighten and intimidate one of the victims. The SUV was set ablaze outside of the home where she was staying. Williams is a relative of Kelly’s former publicist.
Evidence such as cell site records, surveillance footage, toll records and photographs, and Williams’s Internet searches for the victim’s address, revealed that Williams had driven from Georgia to the Florida residence.
Investigations revealed that Williams searched for information “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.
He was arrested in Pompano Beach, Florida. He is being charged “with maliciously damaging and destroying a vehicle by means of fire and an explosive.
Richard Arline, Jr., 31, is being accused of bribing a victim with $500,000 to try to prevent her from cooperating with prosecutors as well as intentionally providing her with “misleading information” to influence her actions.
He was caught on a wiretap saying that “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.”
We just learned of the charging of several so called “associates” of R. Kelly. Without question, Robert Kelly had nothing to do with any of these alleged acts by those charged. He hasn’t attempted to intimidate anyone, or encouraged anyone else to do so. No involvement whatsoever
— Steve Greenberg (@SGcrimlaw) August 12, 2020
Additionally, Donnell Russell, 45, “a self-described manager, adviser and friend of Kelly,” reportedly threatened to distribute sexually explicit photographs of a woman who sued Kelly for alleged abuse.
Russell also reportedly threatened to reveal intimate details of her sexual history with the public. He is being charged with using “mail, telephones and the Internet to harass and intimidate Jane Doe, an alleged victim in the Kelly case, and her mother.
Kelly is facing multiple federal charges of sexual misconduct. He is also facing a number charges at the state level in Illinois, Minnesota and New York. He has pleaded not guilty.
Steve Greenberg, a member of Kelly’s defense team, claimed that Kelly had no involvement in the intimidation or threats being levied against his accusers.
Greenberg said on Twitter:“He hasn’t attempted to intimidate anyone, or encouraged anyone else to do so”.