A business associate of the disgraced crooner is reportedly being investigated for allegedly calling in the gun threat that shut down Lifetime's December 2018 Surviving R. Kelly screening.
According to TMZ, Donnel Russell, an alleged business associate of the singer, has been listed as a person of interest in the incident.
The screening was immediately evacuated and many members of the press that were present took to social media breaking news of the threat.
So...Y’ALL ARE NOT GOING TO BELIEVE THIS!— Tarana (@TaranaBurke) December 5, 2018
Tonight was a private screening of the @lifetimetv documentary #survivingRkelly where his survivors, parents of survivors, and folks featured in the doc were gathered and a BOMB THREAT was called in and the event shut down. #muteRkelly
The #SurvivingRKelly premiere was just evacuated because we received a threat. The survivors were whisked away. I have the full video on IG and I'm gonna post clips in this thread— Lupita Nyong'o's Silk Press (@FeministaJones) December 5, 2018
Here with @JamilahLemieux @TaranaBurke and more pic.twitter.com/TXS3ANNVHz
Per TMZ, one of the parents of the women accused of being held captive by the singer filed a police report against Don Russell. Joycelyn Savage's father reportedly went to the police after he received a series of threatening text messages from a man named Don Russell right before the series aired.
The NYPD has reportedly failed to make direct contact with Donnel Russell.
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