R. Kelly’s ex-manager sentenced for threatening to shoot at theater

SInger Robert “R.” Kelly’s former manager, Donnell Russell, was found guilty of calling a shooting threat against a Manhattan theater in 2018.

Russell was accused of making the call because he feared the theater would host the Surviving R. Kelly documentary could have dealt a blow to its results. A federal grand jury found him guilty on one count of threatening bodily harm by interstate communication, and he could face up to five years behind bars.

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The detailed documentary of the sexual harassment allegations against the singer. Ultimately, many of these allegations would show up in court and result in a 30-year prison sentence against the self-styled King of R&B.

But at the time, Russell sought to cover up the story, prosecutors say. On Dec. 4, 2018, Russell called NeueHouse Madison Square via his home phone in Chicago and told an employee that an individual in the crowd was brandishing a gun and planning to “shoot” the facility, a jury found. in Manhattan federal court. .

Russell made several phone calls to the theater that day, including threats of legal action against the establishment, prosecutors said. In one of the calls, he warned that the film had violated copyright laws. When that failed, he masked his voice and made the threat, prosecutors say.

The alleged call managed to stir up a frenzy and prompted an evacuation of the theater – as well as the cancellation of the documentary’s premiere. Several women who had made allegations against Kelly were present at the time.

“He wanted to silence these women, and he succeeded. His threat worked,” prosecutor Lara Pomerantz said in court. New York Post reported.
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Russell’s defense attorneys had argued that the evidence was insufficient. Russell is scheduled to be sentenced Nov. 21.

The jury also acquitted him of one count of conspiracy.

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