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An R. Kelly superfan from Illinois has been charged with threatening the lawyers who led the prosecution against the singer, during which he was convicted on sex trafficking charges.
Federal prosecutors in Brooklyn charged Christopher Gunn, 39, of Bolingbrook, Illinois on Monday for allegedly threatening to storm the U.S. Attorney’s office in Brooklyn in a YouTube video last October. He was held without bail after appearing before U.S. Magistrate Judge Young Kim on Monday afternoon in Brooklyn, ABC 7 in Chicago reports.
He is scheduled to attend a detention hearing on Wednesday, the same day that Kelly is due to be sentenced.
In the video, Gunn allegedly threatened to ”storm” the offices, mentioning the three female prosecutors who led the case by name, according to a federal warrant obtained by Oxygen.com.
“I want y’all to get real familiar with this building I’m about to pull up and show you,” he allegedly said in the video he created. “Imma show you exactly where we're gonna be going.”
He then allegedly showed a photograph of Cadman Plaza East, where the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York is located.
“That building is located right outside the courthouse where R. Kelly was being prosecuted at. It’s the first building on the corner,” he allegedly said before threatening to storm the offices and hurt the three women.
He allegedly said that “if Kellz goes down, everybody's going down,” according to a federal complaint obtained by ABC 7.
The video also included footage of a shooting scene from the 1991 film “Boyz N the Hood,” prosecutors say.
“In the scene, four males ride in a vehicle,” the complaint states. “One of the males begins to load a firearm, and one of the males asks to be let out of the vehicle. The sound of a gunshot being fired can be heard.”
The video was one of several posted from to YouTube account "DeBoSki Gunn” that focused on the Kelly case, according to court documents.
In April, Gunn also allegedly narrated a YouTube Live video called “R Kelly Propaganda PT46 (Who is Ann Donnelly & Whats Up with Nature Boy,Cash Out)” referencing United States District Judge Ann M. Donnelly, who presided over Kelly’s trial.
On Friday, investigators alleged that, also through YouTube, Gunn had made it clear that he planned to be present during Kelly’s sentencing on Wednesday.
Furthermore, the affidavit alleges that Gunn “engaged in the sale of firearm ammunition in relation to the Kelly matter” through at least eight CashApp transactions between February 2021 and June. At one point, a CashApp user allegedly paid Gunn $20.00 for “30 rounds.. free R kelly.”
If convicted, Gunn faces up to five years in prison, the strategic operations & communications officer for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York, Danielle Blustein Hass, told Oxygen.com over email on Tuesday.
It’s not clear if he has an attorney.
Prosecutors have asked that Kelly be sentenced to at least 25 years on Wednesday on the sex trafficking charges for which he was convicted. Kelly, 55, was found guilty by a federal jury in Brooklyn in September of sexual exploitation of a child, bribery, kidnapping, racketeering and sex trafficking. Throughout Kelly’s trial, prosecutors argued that Kelly sexually abused numerous young women and men, some of whom were underage, over a nearly two-decade period. Furthermore, they said he led an enterprise of managers, bodyguards and other employees who recruited the victims for him while giving them false hope that he’d help them with their entertainment careers.
The singer also faces separate sex crimes trials in Illinois and Minnesota, and has pleaded not guilty in those cases. Kelly was previously accused of child pornography in Chicago in 2002; he was ultimately acquitted in 2008.
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