The associate of R&B singer R. Kelly has pleaded guilty this week to trying to bribe a witness to put her off from testifying against the singer R. Kelly
Richard Arline Jr., of Dolton, Illinois, Chicago, admitted in a Brooklyn Federal Court teleconference that he tried to pay off a woman known in court documents only as Jane Doe to stop her from sharing any electronic evidence against Kelly, who is awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges.
In a statement by the Prosecutor, he offered the woman $500,000 on Kelly’s behalf.
An Arline was caught offering the bribe on recordings the woman made on the advice of law enforcement.
In the clips, the Arline offers her $500,000 if she refuses to testify. The unnamed woman refuses and counters with $1 million.
Other recordings used by law enforcement include a conversation with another man in which the Arline seems to admit the woman has a substantial amount of evidence against the RnB singer, R. Kelly.
“Rob, if I had talked to Rob on the phone and Rob got the money, he gonna pay [first name of Jane Doe] to be quiet,” Arline said according to documents. “Like if I had a way to talk to Rob, being next to him, and telling him what’s going on, without nobody listening to, no feds, nobody, he gonna pay her ass off to be quiet. She got too much. She got too much.”
During the hearing, Arline apologized for what he had done in a short statement to the court.
“I knew what I did was wrong, and I’m sorry,” the Arline stated
Arline is one of three men charged with bribing or otherwise intimidating witnesses around the R. Kelly trial.
Donnell Russell, Kelly’s manager allegedly threatened to spread nude photographs of another woman if she refused to back out of the trial against Kelly.
“Pull the plug or you will be exposed,” Russell wrote in the message, sending along cropped nude photos of the woman to her lawyer.
Another associate, Michael Williams is believed to have set an SUV on fire in front of the home of one of the accusers.
“It might be wise for you to protect your daughter from heartache she’s gonna endure through this and after,” Williams wrote to the woman’s father, according to evidence in his indictment. “She had to live with every stain you guys create publicly.”