Three men have been charged by federal prosecutors in the U.S for allegedly threatening and intimidating of women who accused R&B star, R Kelly of sexual abuse, which also include a man who is suspected to light fire to a vehicle in Florida.
It was reported that a friend of the indicted R Kelly was alleged to have offered bribe to one of the said victims in order to keep her from cooperating in Kelly’s prosecution. While also an adviser and manager of R Kelly threatened to publish sexual photographs of a woman who sued Kelly.
However, Kelly’s defence lawyer, stated that his client wasn’t involved in any attempt to silence witness.
He said, “He hasn’t attempted to intimidate anyone, or encouraged anyone else to do so,” lawyer Steve Greenberg said on Twitter.
R Kelly has pleaded not guilty to the charges filed against him for sexual misconduct in Illinois, Minnesota and New York.
The singer was charged for sexual assault, racketeering scheme with the aim of supplying Kelly with girls. He is also accused of having unprotected sex with a teenager back in 2015 without saying he had herpes.
One of the accused was said to be related to Kelly’s publicist. He goes by the name Michael Williams and was said to have set fire on an SUV parked outside where one of the witnesses was staying.
Williams lawyer was reached for comment on the incident and he said, “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,” Peter Fitzhugh, special agent in charge of the Homeland Security Investigations in New York, said in a statement.