Three men have been arrested for allegedly intimidating women who testify in the R. Kelly abuse case. According to TMZ, the men allegedly blackmailed and threatened them.
Richard Arline, who says he is friends with the singer, would have offered one of the alleged victims half a million dollars (more than 400,000 euros) if she were to withdraw from the case.
Donnell Russell, who claims to be Kelly's manager, adviser and friend, allegedly threatened to throw sexually explicit photos and details from the sex life of one of the witnesses if she does not withdraw her charges. The third man, named Michael Williams, who says he is related to Kelly's former spokesperson, is said to have set the car of one of the alleged victims on fire.
The singer's lawyer says Kelly "has nothing to do with these actions." "He has not attempted to intimidate or encourage others to do so."
Kelly is stuck at the Chicago Metropolitan Correctional Center awaiting trials. He is suspected of extortion and sexual misconduct, among other things, and will face trial in October.
The 52-year-old singer is charged with dozens of sexual misconduct cases in Illinois - state lawsuit in Chicago - Minnesota and New York. The singer has denied all charges.