Donnell Russell was sentenced to 20 months in prison for his involvement in harassing, intimidating and stalking Jane Doe, a woman in the Eastern District of New York racketeering case against R. Kelly.
According to the US Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York, Russell threatened to expose sexually explicit photos of the victim.
The harassment began after the victim filed a civil lawsuit against Kelly. It was also revealed that the woman was a victim of Kelly and could potentially testify in his federal criminal case.
From November 2018-February 2020, Russell threatened to publicize the revealing photos of the victims with hopes of stopping the lawsuit.
Russell even went as far as to mail cropped nude photos of the victim to her lawyer. A note was attached to the images that said, “the next two pictures have been cropped for the sake of not exposing her extremities to the world, yet!!!”
“For more than a year, the defendant engaged in a vicious campaign to harass, humiliate and threaten the victim in order to force her to dismiss her lawsuit against R. Kelly and stop speaking publicly about him,” US Attorney Breon Peace said.
Peace continues, “The punishment meted out to the defendant today is a victory for crime victims. Particularly those of sexual assault and abuse. Who are often reluctant to come forward to law enforcement or pursue legal recourse. Given the trauma and fear of retaliation associated with publicly discussing their experiences.”
In 2021, Kelly was sentenced to 30 years in prison after being convicted of all nine counts. It