An advisor near convicted intercourse trafficker R. Kelly pleaded responsible to harassing and intimidating one of many ex-R&B singer’s victims, federal prosecutors introduced Tuesday.
Chicago native Donnell Russell, the self-described supervisor for Kelly, pleaded responsible to interstate stalking in Brooklyn federal court docket after he was accused of threatening to disclose sexually specific photographs of the sufferer, in accordance with the US Lawyer’s Workplace for the Jap District of New York.
Russell warned the sufferer he would publicly reveal her sexual historical past if she didn’t withdraw a civil lawsuit she filed in opposition to Kelly, prosecutors mentioned. He demanded she “stop her participation and affiliation with organizers” of a “destructive marketing campaign” in opposition to the “I Imagine I Can Fly” singer.
Kelly, whose actual title is Robert Sylvester Kelly, was convicted in September 2021 for sexually abusing ladies and underage women and boys over the course of a long time.
Russell’s responsible plea is simply the newest authorized bother for the Kelly loyalist.
On Friday, he was discovered responsible of threatening hurt by interstate communication after he known as in an active-shooter menace to a non-public Manhattan membership exhibiting a screening of the Lifetime docuseries “Surviving R. Kelly” in 2018.
Donnell Russell known as in an lively shooter menace throughout the R. Kelly documentary. Alec Tabak
US Lawyer Breon Peace slammed Russell in a press release Monday for utilizing “threats, harassment and intimidation in a deliberate effort to silence considered one of R. Kelly’s victims and forestall her voice from being heard.”
“When his preliminary effort failed, he continued his vile marketing campaign by sending threatening messages to Jane Doe and her mom, and publishing specific 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, but it surely was additionally prison and won’t be tolerated.”
Federal prosecutors define how Russell cruelly harassed the sufferer and folks near her from November 2018 to February 2020.
R. Kelly was convicted in September 2021 for sexually abusing ladies and underage women and boys over the course of a long time.Getty Pictures
In November 2018, Russell helped ship a letter with attachments purportedly written by Kelly to the sufferer’s Brooklyn lawyer that included cropped nude photographs of the sufferer, the feds mentioned. The textual content within the letter said, “the following two footage have been cropped for the sake of not exposing her extremities to the world, but!!!”
The next month, Russell, utilizing the alias, Colon Dunn, despatched a blitz of texts to the sufferer and her mom with the identical nude photographs, stating “Only a pattern. We are going to search prison expenses. You’ve been warned,” and “Publishing quickly.”
He additionally texted “[T]his is Colon.”
At first of 2019, he once more texted the sufferer and her mom, “Pull the plug or you’ll be uncovered.”
His responsible plea got here days after being convicted of calling in a bogus lively shooter menace to a “Surviving R. Kelly” screening.AP
Additionally in January 2019, he started a Fb web page supposed to defend Kelly and posted textual content exchanges between Kelly and the sufferer with the identical sexually specific pics, prosecutors mentioned. The Fb web page was “Surviving Lies,” which was a play on the “Surviving R. Kelly” sequence.
After which in January 2020, he once more confirmed the sexually specific photographs throughout dwell interviews with vloggers over YouTube who supported Kelly amid his mounting authorized troubles.
He might face 5 years in jail.