R. Kelly’s Manager Convicted of Gunfire Threat at Theater – Billboard

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R. Kelly’s supervisor was once convicted Friday (July 22) of creating a telephone risk that gunfire was once about to happen at a crowded Big apple theater getting ready to turn a documentary in regards to the singer’s sexual abuse of girls and women.

The jury convicted Donnell Russell of threatening bodily hurt via interstate conversation, however it exonerated him on a conspiracy depend. Sentencing was once set for Nov. 21.

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Russell and his legal professional declined remark as they left the courthouse.

The December 2018 documentary premiere had a reside panel dialogue that was once to incorporate a number of girls featured within the documentary. The telephone risk of somebody with a gun triggered an emergency name to police, who ordered an evacuation that compelled the premier to be cancelled.

In last arguments, Assistant U.S. Lawyer Lara Pomerantz informed jurors that proof of Russell’s guilt was once overwhelming.

She stated telephone information proved {that a} name to the small theater got here from Russell’s Chicago house after he’d spent the day seeking to forestall Lifetime’s Surviving R. Kelly collection from being proven. The hassle incorporated 9 calls to the theater and a risk to sue, the prosecutor stated.

She stated Russell notified a co-conspirator within the film theater with a textual content that the police could also be coming to the venue in a while and later requested her to delete the textual content, even supposing she by no means did.

The jury rejected the conspiracy fee, announcing in a observe to Pass judgement on Paul G. Gardephe in a while prior to the decision was once introduced that some jurors didn't imagine there was once evidence that the alleged co-conspirator was once acutely aware of Russell’s plan to threaten violence.

Pomerantz stated Russell was once motivated by way of a need to stay source of revenue flowing from the profitable profession of Kelly, a Grammy-winning, multiplatinum-selling songwriter.

Kelly, who was once sentenced to 30 years in jail final month, was once convicted final yr of racketeering and intercourse trafficking.

Protection legal professional Michael Freeman argued in his last that there was once now not sufficient proof to end up guilt.

“He went and known as in a risk to become profitable from R. Kelly? The place’s the proof of that?” Freeman requested. “The place’s the proof? The place’s the evidence?”

He predicted prosecutors would proceed to say Kelly’s title of their arguments.

“The case isn’t about R. Kelly,” he stated.

In its last argument, the federal government performed a recording of the decision to police made by way of Adrian Krasniqi, who labored on the twenty fifth Boulevard venue. Krasniqi testified right through the one-week trial {that a} deep-voiced guy who sounded “like a thug” warned that “somebody had a gun and so they had been going to shoot up where.”

Krasniqi stated he won the threatening name not up to an hour after a person claiming to be a part of Kelly’s prison group known as and stated the documentary was once violating Kelly’s copyright to his title and must now not be proven. Prosecutors stated that decision additionally was once made by way of Russell.