R. KellyThe latter’s alleged director faces more legal fallout over what the federal government claims are efforts to interfere with the disgraced singer.
Donnell Russell has just been indicted by the US Department of Justice for an alleged threat to shoot at a New York theater in December 2018 when the Lifetime documentary, “Surviving R. Kelly”, was screened there.
The federal government claims Russell admitted to first sending a cease and desist letter in an attempt to end the testing – but when that failed, prosecutors allege he called the threat of shooting … and managed to cancel the event, which was attended by a number of Kelly’s alleged victims.
TMZ broke history … law enforcement sources told us that an associate of R. Kelly was a person of interest on an alleged threat that occurred just 20 minutes before the start of the screening. Russell was charged with 1 count of conspiracy to threaten bodily harm and 1 count of threatening physical harm. Each charge carries a maximum penalty of 5 years in prison. This, of course, is just the tip of the legal iceberg for Russell.
As we reported … Russell is also one of 3 people charged with harassing and intimidating witnesses in Kelly’s criminal cases.