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Three of R. Kelly's associates were arrested after reportedly intimidating witnesses and victims in his Brooklyn and Chicago cases.

Three Of R. Kelly's Associates Arrested For Intimidating Victims And Witnesses In His Upcoming Trials

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By Yuriy Andriyashchuk

R. Kelly is dealing with sexual assault case in Chicago involving minors along with sex trafficking. He also has a racketeering case in Brooklyn. The trials have been pushed back to later in the year though due to COVID-19.

There are new developments in these cases though as according to Rolling Stone, three of Kelly's associates have been arrested after reportedly intimidating victims and witnesses. The three men involved in this arrest are Richard Arline Jr., who served as Kelly’s former advisor, Donnell Russell and Michael Williams.

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The three men were charged by the Department of Justice’s Eastern District of New York.
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The Department of Justice’s Eastern District of New York made initially made this announcement on Wednesday morning. This is after trying to victimize women who suffered from Kelly's actions against them.

“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,” said United States Attorney Seth DuCharme in a statement.

Kelly has been incarcerated since the summer of 2019.
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Arline Jr is being charged with “attempting to corruptly persuade the testimony of an alleged victim in the Kelly case." This was able to be concluded after a wiretap was found earlier this year. A victim listed as Jane Doe was also reportedly offered $500,000 by Arline to stay quiet about Kelly's involvement with her.

Russell's charge is “using the mail, the internet and cellular telephones to attempt to cause emotional distress to another individual." A Facebook page was created titled “Surviving Lies” which countered against the victims' claims of Kelly.

Kelly's Chicago and Brooklyn trials will take place later in 2020.
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Williams was arrested for “using and attempting to use intimidation and threats against an alleged victim in the Kelly case" along with “maliciously damaging and destroying a vehicle by means of fire and an explosive." This incident involving Williams and the victim reportedly took place on June 11th, 2020 in Florida.

“These crimes shock the conscience,” Peter C. Fitzhugh, Special Agent-in-Charge at Homeland Security Investigations, also said in a statement Wednesday. “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.”

Steven Greenberg, R. Kelly's attorney, has since denied any involvement by Kelly in trying to intimidate witnesses or victims.
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R. Kelly's attorney, Steven Greenberg, has since taken to Twitter today to deny being involved in any of these actions with these "associates." He also emphasized that Kelly hasn't tried to intimidate anyone or got anyone else to do that for him.

“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.”

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