R. Kelly’s Pals Charged With Threatening Accusers, Offering Bribes, Setting Car on Fire

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    Scott Olson/GettyThree associates of R. Kelly allegedly tried to “intimidate, threaten or corruptly influence” women who have accused the disgraced singer of abuse, including setting fire to a parked car outside one accuser’s house and discussing paying another half a million dollars for her silence, New York federal prosecutors said Wednesday.Richard Arline, Jr., 31, Donnell Russell, 45, and Michael Williams, 37, were charged in separate schemes, according to criminal complaints unsealed Wednesday by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York. All three men have been arrested.“These crimes shock the conscience. 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,” Homeland Security Investigations Special Agent-in-Charge Peter C. Fitzhugh said in a statement. “To the victims of these and other crimes: we stand with you. We will meet your bravery with our resolve to keep you safe to tell your story.”Read more at The Daily Beast.

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