August 13, 2020
Photo by Cook County Sheriff’s Office via Getty Images
Major developments and new charges have been released in R. Kelly‘s sex abuse case. Though he claims to be broke, federal investigators have just discovered a bank account belonging to the shamed R&B legend containing more than $1.2 million. In addition, three of his associates have been arrested for allegedly bribing and threatening Kelly’s accusers and alleged victims.
It has been reported that Richard Arline Jr., Donnell Russell, and Michael Williams have been charged with federal crimes involving harassment, bribery, and intimidation of witnesses. Officials claim these schemes include Arline Jr. offering a $500,000 payment to a victim to stop her from cooperating with the government. They also say Williams set fire to an SUV parked outside the home of a victim and Russell threatened to leak explicit photos of another victim if she did not end her lawsuit against the “Chocolate Factory” singer.
The 53-year-old’s ex-girlfriend Azriel Clary recently posted a photo revealing that her car had been set on fire, however, it is not confirmed that these incidents are the same or related to one another.
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I’ve realized a lot of people are influencing people for all the wrong reasons on social media. Some even portray a life they cannot sustain. Cars that are only rented for weekends, mansions that are only booked for occasions. I’ve literally never seen anyone post when they’ve been at there lowest. So, this is me at my lowest… Someone not only set my car on fire at 3am but they also made a gas line around my entire house, with intentions to burn my entire home down. It was something that was premeditated, but the fact that someone would go to that extreme to harm me is sickening. I hope this inspires you to not portray a one sided story on social media. I hope this inspires you to show the bad so when you do win people can connect and celebrate that win with you even more. I’ve been dealing with this which is why my feed, and YT videos have been put on pause. Thankfully the police are doing their due diligence during a sensitive time like this. Nonetheless, everyone is going through problems behind closed doors, whether they choose to share it or not, even the people you look up to. I just want people to tap into the reality of our world, and publicizing a “perfect cookie-cutter life” is just not real. Can we start posting real life on our feeds? What’s really happening behind your closed doors, because “perfect” does not exist in our world, and that’s just the truth of the matter. #betruetoyourself #protectblackwomen
Clary and Kelly’s other former girlfriend, Joycelyn Savage, have both been very vocal accusing the three-time Grammy award winner of sexual and psychological abuse.
Kelly’s attorney, Steven Greenberg, released a statement on Twitter saying his client had nothing to do with the new allegations.
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
The “Bump ‘N Grind” singer is facing 18 federal charges which include child pornography, kidnapping, forced labor, and multiple sex abuse allegations.
TELL US: Fair or foul? Do you think R.Kelly and his team are intimidating witnesses?