Criminal Law

R. Kelly Associate Pleads Guilty to Attempting to Bribe a Witness into Not Testifying

An associate of disgraced R&B crooner R. Kelly pleaded guilty Tuesday to trying to bribe a witness to keep her from testifying against the singer.

Richard Arline Jr., of Dolton, Ill. 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.

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

“I knew what I did was wrong,” Arline, 31, told Judge Peggy Kuo during his guilty plea. His sentencing is scheduled for June 9.

Read the source article at nydailynews.com

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