An associate of disgraced R&B singer R. Kelly has pleaded guilty to trying to bribe a witness to keep her from testifying against the singer.
Richard Arline Jr.told a Brooklyn Federal Court that he tried to pay off a woman to stop her from sharing any electronic evidence against Kelly, who is awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges.
Arline reportedly offered the woman $500,000.
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“I knew what I did was wrong,” Arline told the judge.
Kelly is accused of operating a racketeering scheme that trafficked girls and women. The women claimed that he was abusive towards them, starved them at times and locked them in rooms with little more than a bucket to go to the toilet in and a bed.
Kelly is currently being held in Chicago federal jail, where he is also awaiting a federal trial on child porn charges, which will occur after his Brooklyn trial on April 7.
Kelly denies all of the charges against him.