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R.Kelly’s Associate Pleads Guilty To Attempting To Bribe Witness Not To Testify Against The Singer


After trying to bribe a witness to keep her from testifying against R. Kelly, an associate of the R&B singer has pleaded guilty.

Richard Arline Jr., of Dolton, Illinois, confessed 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.

Prosecutors said he offered the woman $500,000 on Kelly’s behalf.

Arline was caught offering the bribe on recordings the woman made on the advice of law enforcement.

In the clips, 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 Arline seems to admit the woman has a substantial amount of evidence against 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,” Arline said.

Arline is one of three men charged with bribing or otherwise intimidating witnesses around the R. Kelly trial.

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