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Man Linked To R. Kelly Accused Of Calling In Shooting Threat At Surviving R. Kelly Screening

January 10, 2019 | Posted by Joseph Lee
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The Lifetime docuseries Surviving R. Kelly has stirred up a lot of controversy involving the singer, after it accused him of pedophilia, sexual abuse and operating a sex cult. As a result, Kelly is now under criminal investigation in Georgia and his alleged victims are set to present evidence of his abuse. This could be why a man linked to Kelly allegedly called in a shooting threat at a screening of the docuseries, according to TMZ. The website reports that Donnel Russel is considered a “person of interest” by the NYPD after the shooting threat last month in New York City while the series was screening at the NeueHouse theater. The threat came in only twenty minutes after it had started, and said that if it continued, someone would shoot up the theater. The building was then evacuated.

Russell is a known business associate of the R&B singer and police want to speak to him about the events. They tracked the number to a man with a Chicago-based 773 area code, and then discovered that was Russell. So far, they’ve yet to actually make contact with him directly. This comes after the father of alleged R. Kelly sex slave Joycelyn Savage filed a police report in Georgia last week claiming that someone named “Don Russell” sent him threats via text before the docuseries aired on TV. Police believe they are both the same person.