R. Kelly Accused Of Sending Threatening Letters To His Alleged Victims
You might think that being in prison would inhibit your ability to commit additional crimes. But that’s not always the case. And according to reports from The Blast, defamed singer R. Kelly is allegedly intimidating his victims with threatening letters.
Court documents obtained by The Blast, claim that Kelly sent “a typewritten letter to the lawyer then representing Jane Doe #5, threatening to release compromising and potentially embarrassing photographs of Jane Doe #5 if she pursued her civil lawsuit against the defendant.The letter sent, which was provided to the defense as part of the government’s discovery includes certain photographs and screen shots of text message exchanges between the defendant and Jane Doe #5 taken from the defendant’s phone. The defendant cannot credibly deny his role in intimidating witnesses by claiming, self-servingly, that he could not have written the letter due to his allegedly limited reading and writing skills where he provided the material used to make the threats and signed his name to the accompanying documents.”
Prosecutors claim that the letters are meant to prevent witnesses from testifying against him. He told the women in the letters to pick a side, implying that they’d chosen the wrong side and it would cause negative consequences for their family members.
They also produced records showing that Kelly paid a woman who accused him of criminal behavior. Prosecutors write:
“Finally, the government has obtained records showing that, in at least one instance, a young woman reported to law enforcement criminal behavior by the defendant, and the defendant thereafter paid the woman hundreds of thousands of dollars to enter into a non-disclosure agreement thereby deterring future cooperation with law enforcement. Evidence supporting this allegation consists of police records documenting criminal allegations and bank records documenting the ensuing payoff.”
They also accused Kelly of hiding hundred of thousands of dollars in music royalties. They believe he’s holding the money in a childhood friend’s bank account.
Still, Kelly’s attorneys claim that he has “almost no financial resources.”
They used the letters and hidden money as reasons Kelly should not be released on bond.
If convicted, Kelly could face 195 years in prison for crimes against 10 different victims.