Three men are facing federal charges for intimidating and threatening alleged victims of R. Kelly’s abuse.
According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, one of the men, Richard Arline, Jr., is “a self-proclaimed longtime friend of Kelly.”
He is accused of bribing an alleged victim of R. Kelly, allegedly offering the woman $500,000 “to keep her from cooperating with the government.”
The U.S. Attorney’s Office says the second man, Donnell Russell, is “a self-described manager, advisor and friend of Kelly.”
Russell allegedly “threatened to reveal sexually explicit photographs of Jane Doe, [an alleged victim in the Kelly case] 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.”
Russell also allegedly harassed Jane Doe and her mother with letters, text messages, and internet posts.
The third man, Michael Williams, is said to be related to a former R. Kelly publicist. Williams is accused of “set[ting] fire to an SUV parked outside a residence in Florida where an alleged victim in the Kelly case and others were staying.”
R. Kelly is facing charges in the Eastern District of New York. He’s accused of sexually exploiting underage girls and coercing them into illegal sexual activity.
Kelly has pled not guilty.
His trial is scheduled to begin on September 29.