The former manager of disgraced singer R. Kelly – has been arrested on charges relating to a forced evacuation of a media screening of documentary series Surviving R. Kelly in 2018.
According to reports, Donnell Russell, 45, was charged with conspiracy and threatening physical harm by interstate communication.
He is accused of placing a threatening phone call on December 4, 2018, to Manhattan's NeueHouse screening room, which was premiering the docuseries, Surviving R. Kelly.
"As alleged, Donnell Russell used threats of violence to stop a screening of a docuseries devoted to exploring allegations of sexual abuse against women and minor girls by the recording artist R. Kelly," Acting US Attorney Audrey Strauss said in a statement.
"Threats of gun violence aimed at intimidating and silencing victims of sexual abuse are unlawful as well as unacceptable. We are committed to aggressively investigating and prosecuting such crimes."
Tarana Burke, several journalists as well as Kelly's accusers – Drea Kelly, Kitti Jones, Asante Jones, Faith Rodgers, Lizzette Martinez, Lisa Van Allen and Jerhonda Pace, all attended the screening.