R. Kelly’s name has been dragged through the mud after being in prison on a separate federal indictment that includes child pornography, sexual exploitation of children and conspiracy to defraud the U.S. Government.
Michael Williams, an alleged associate of Kelly, has admitted to seeing the singer’s ex-girlfriend Azriel Clary’s car on fire in order to intimidate her. By doing so, he has accepted a plea deal.
According to a report by New York Daily News, Williams is said to be a R. Kelly’s former publicist. Williams accepted the deal on Monday, April 19, after pleading guilty to one count of arson and admitting to the court that he “deliberately set a car on fire in someone’s driveway.”
The aforementioned action was committed in order to silence Clary’s testimony regarding Kelly’s upcoming trial, which is slated to take place in July. Clary will be appearing on the stand as a prosecution witness.
As reported by Page Six, defense lawyer Todd Spodek stated that the witness tampering charge meted against Williams will be dropped.
“The plea agreement is fair in that the witness tampering charge as it relates to R. Kelly will be dismissed at sentencing.”
As revealed by court papers, Williams made it easy for everything related to the arson case to be traced back to him as he was found to be Googling “witness intimidation” and “case law for tampering with a witness.” Williams is scheduled to be sentenced on Oct. 5 and at maximum could serve up to 71 months in prison.
While Williams has yet to address his alleged associate’s charge, his lawyer Steve Greenberg spoke on his behalf on Twitter, defending Williams.
“This is irresponsible to call this an RKelly associate. They have never met or spoken. Kelly had NOTHING TO DO WITH HIM OR HIS CRIME.”
We will have to see how R. Kelly and Michael Williams’ trials will proceed in the coming months. We will keep you updated on these ongoing cases.