November 29, 2022

R Kelly’s supervisor, Donnell Russell, was sentenced to twenty months in jail Thursday after pleading responsible to stalking and harassing one of many disgraced singer’s sexual abuse victims.

In response to the Division of Justice (per Rolling Stone), Russell, 47, used textual content messages, cellphone calls, and emails to intimidate one in every of Kelly’s victims, recognized as Jane Doe, and her mom out of coming ahead about her expertise with the singer. Russell allegedly threatened to launch express photographs of the sufferer if she didn’t withdraw her civil swimsuit in opposition to Kelly. “Pull the plug or you’ll be uncovered,” he wrote in a textual content despatched on January third, 2019. Russell additionally posted the photographs to a Fb web page he made with an alias known as “Surviving Lies” — a play on the 2019 Surviving R Kelly documentary that detailed his abuse — and displayed them once more throughout two 2020 livestreams.

“Russell used threats, harassment and intimidation in a deliberate effort to silence one in every of R. Kelly’s victims and forestall her voice from being heard,” United States Legal professional Breon Peace mentioned in an announcement. “When his preliminary effort failed, he continued his vile marketing campaign by sending threatening messages to Jane Doe and her mom, and publishing express photographs of the sufferer on the web earlier than and after Kelly was indicted. As this prosecution makes clear, the defendant’s conduct was not solely reprehensible, nevertheless it was additionally prison and won’t be tolerated.”

Homeland Safety Investigations Performing Particular Agent-in-Cost Ricky J. Patel added, “By means of the usage of intimidation techniques, Russell repeatedly and purposefully labored to silence ‘Jane Doe’ from revealing the emotional and bodily trauma inflicted on her by R. Kelly and his associates. Regardless of a number of threats, Russell finally failed in his efforts and can now face the results of his despicable habits.”

In June, Kelly was sentenced to 30 years in jail in after a jury discovered him responsible of racketeering associated to the sexual exploitation of youngsters, kidnapping, and compelled labor, in addition to eight fees of violating the Mann Act, which makes it unlawful to “transport any girl or woman” throughout state strains “for any immoral function.” That sentence was the conclusion of his federal intercourse trafficking case in New York; in September, in the meantime, a federal jury in Illinois discovered Kelly responsible of kid pornography. The singer can also be nonetheless dealing with state fees in Illinois and Minnesota.

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