R. Kelly has just won a little legal battle with the federal government. According to recent reports, Kelly, a former R&B artist, and the convicted sexual abuser is no longer on suicide watch. R. Kelly’s self-described manager recently pled guilty to stalking a victim.
According to Rolling Stone, a man claimed to be the self-styled manager and advisor of disgraced R&B musician R. Kelly. In federal court on Thursday, the manager pled guilty to stalking and harassing one of Kelly’s sexual assault victims. According to a Department of Justice press release, Donnell Russell was charged with interstate stalking and used phone calls, emails, and text messages to harass and threaten the victim, named only as Jane Doe, and her mother.
Russell, who is scheduled to be sentenced on November 17, faces up to five years in prison. “Russell used threats, harassment, and intimidation in a deliberate effort to silence one of R. Kelly’s victims and prevent her voice from being heard,” United States Attorney Breon Peace said in a statement.
“When his initial effort failed, he continued his vile campaign by sending threatening messages to Jane Doe and her mother, and publishing explicit photos of the victim on the internet before and after Kelly was indicted. As this prosecution makes clear, the defendant’s conduct was not only reprehensible, but it was also criminal and will not be tolerated.”
Russell’s guilty plea comes less than a week after he was convicted on charges resulting from a gun threat he made in December 2018 in order to interrupt the screening of Lifetime’s bombshell six-part docuseries Surviving R. Kelly in New York City. Russell threatened to publish sexually graphic images of Doe between November 2018 and February 2020 if she did not drop her civil suit against the singer.
“Pull the plug or you will be exposed,” he stated in a text message received on January 3, 2019. Russell also created a Facebook page called “Surviving Lies,” a deliberate play of Surviving R. Kelly, where he uploaded the same graphic images and text messages between himself and the victim. In early 2020, he again appeared on two live streams to express his support for Kelly while simultaneously insulting Doe and exhibiting the same sexually graphic photographs.
Acting Special Agent-in-Charge of Homeland Security Investigations Ricky J also stated that Russell’s attempts were ineffective.
“Through the use of intimidation tactics, Russell repeatedly and purposefully worked to silence ‘Jane Doe’ from revealing the emotional and physical trauma inflicted on her by R. Kelly and his associates. Despite multiple threats, Russell ultimately failed in his efforts and will now face the consequences of his despicable behavior.”
Kelly was sentenced to 30 years in prison last month after being found guilty of racketeering, child sexual exploitation, and kidnapping in a federal trial last year. Let’s wait and see what happens next. To get the latest updates, keep an eye on Thirsty.
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