R. Kelly’s associate Richard Arline Jr. pleaded guilty to bribery charges on Tuesday in Brooklyn federal court.
Arline admitted to trying to silence one of the accusers by offering her hundreds of thousands of dollars in hush money.
Me and another person offered Jane Doe money for her to not go forward with her complaint or testimony against Robert Kelly. I knew what I did was wrong.
Reportedly, in 2020 after R. Kelly was indicted on racketeering and sex trafficking, an unidentified co-conspirator texted the accuser: “Rob is trying to get his cousin Rich in contact with you because he wants to pay you for silence.”
Arline offered the accuser $500,000 during a phone call on May 26, 2020. He said that R.Kelly authorized the payment, but little did he know the feds were listening to the phone call.
Arline faces up to 15 years on the bribery conviction.
He was charged last year with Donnell Russell and Michael Wilson, who used harassment and intimidation tactics to threaten other accusers.
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Source: Page Six