R. Kelly’s one-time manager was sentenced to a year in prison on Monday for threatening to shoot, which halted the screening of a disastrous documentary about the R&B star.
His sentencing will not add to the time that former manager Donnell Russell has made available to serve in another attempt to stamp out the sex abuse allegations against Kelly.
Russell worked with Kelly as the multi-platinum, Grammy-winning singer began to face what would become a wave of accusations and ultimately sex trafficking convictions. Prosecutors said Russell repeatedly sought to quash the charges.
Russell told a New York judge on Monday that he had “made bad judgments” after he began working with Kelly on what Russell described as an intellectual property issue.
“I’m not a terrible person,” Russell said.
The phone threat against the theater came shortly before the scheduled start of the premiere of Lifetime’s Surviving R. Kelly series in Manhattan in December 2018, which highlighted allegations that Kelly abused sexual exploitation of women and girls.
A live panel discussion, including some of the women featured in the documentary, will follow the screening.
The phone call suggested that someone at the event had a gun and was about to open fire. The screening was canceled and the theater was evacuated.
In that case, a jury found Russell in July of threatening physical harm through interstate communications, and acquitted him of conspiracy charges.
Russell’s defense argued that there were numerous phone calls to the theater that day and that there was not enough evidence to prove him guilty.
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Days after the grand jury’s verdict, Russell pleaded guilty to federal spying in relation to one of Kelly’s sex abuse accusers.
A federal judge in Brooklyn sentenced Russell last month to 20 months in prison for conduct that included sending threatening messages to the woman and then publishing sexually explicit photos of her online.
Russell, 47, is due to turn himself in next year to serve his sentence in both cases at once.
Meanwhile, Kelly was sentenced in June to 30 years in prison in her sex trafficking and fraud case.
https://www.independent.ie/style/celebrity/celebrity-news/r-kelly-manager-sentenced-to-year-in-prison-for-theatre-threat-over-documentary-screening-42231255.html Manager R. Kelly sentenced to one year in prison for threatening documentary cinema