Prosecutors charge 3 with threatening women in R. Kelly case

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Chicago PD photo of R. Kelly, singer, songwriter, record producer, and former professional basketball player. (Photo: Cook County Sheriff’s Office)

NEW YORK (AP) — Federal authorities have charged three men with harassing and intimidating women who have accused R&B singer R Kelly of abuse.

Prosecutors said Wednesday that one of the men set fire to a vehicle in Florida outside a residence where one victim was staying and offered to pay another victim $500,000 to keep her from cooperating in Kelly’s prosecution.

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Yet another Kelly associate is charged with threatening to expose sexually explicit photographs of a woman who sued Kelly.

The Grammy-award winning musician has denied abusing anyone and has pleaded not guilty to dozens of state and federal sexual misconduct charges in Illinois, Minnesota and New York.