According to a spokesperson for the U.S. Department of Justice, an Illinois man has been detained for allegedly threatening federal prosecutors involved in the New York criminal case against R. Kelly.
Illinois resident Christopher Gunn, who was detained on Saturday, appeared in court for the first time on Monday, June 27, before Magistrate Judge Young Kim in Chicago. The Department of Justice is trying to have him transferred to New York City in custody, therefore he was ordered to remain in custody without bond until a detention hearing on Wednesday. If found guilty, he may spend up to five years in prison.
According to a court filing that Billboard was able to obtain, Gunn is accused of “knowingly and intentionally transmit[ing] in interstate and foreign commerce communications containing threats… that would result in the death or seriously bodily injury [sic]” of three Assistant U.S. Attorneys who worked on Kelly’s prosecution and are designated as Jane Doe-1, Jane Doe-2, and Jane Doe-3.
The complaint was submitted by US Department of Homeland Security special agent Ryan Chabot in the Eastern District of New York U.S. District Court, the same court where Kelly was found guilty in September on all counts, including racketeering and sex trafficking. The complaint lists several videos that Gunn is alleged to have posted to his YouTube account “DeBoSki Gunn.” A voiceover in one of them, which was made public on October 4, 2021, features a man threatening to “storm” the prosecutor’s office while displaying a picture of their Brooklyn office building.
The petition claims that Gunn says, “[I]f you ain’t got the stomach for the crap we bout to do, I’m requesting that you just bail out,” later in the same video. The next scene in the video shows four men riding in a car as one of them loads a gun before a gunshot is heard. It is from the movie Boyz N the Hood.
Gunn released numerous further videos regarding the Kelly case, including one on June 24, 2022, with the hashtag “#TheEnterprise,” according to the federal charges. I have a location where we can all connect throughout the trial; please meet me there. The hashtag purportedly refers to Kelly’s fans, and the video suggests that Gunn has set aside a location for them to congregate at Kelly’s upcoming sentence hearing on Wednesday.
In yet another of the videos on YouTube, the hashtags #FreeRKelly, #AnnDonelly, and #KellzSteppas are used. “Kellz” is allegedly a reference to Kelly, while #AnnDonelly appears to be a reference to Ann M. Donnelly, the judge who presided over Kelly’s New York trial.
There is no evidence that Gunn directly knows Kelly.
It is said that a man who has known Gunn for a number of years and goes by the name “Individual-1” has verified that the voice in the YouTube videos is really that of Gunn. Additionally, Gunn’s voice was recognized in other publicly accessible social media posts that were matched with the voice.
According to the court document, information obtained from Square Inc., the company in charge of the mobile payment app CashApp, reveals that between February 26, 2021, and June 1, 2022, there were about eight transactions, which suggests that Gunn accepted payments for ammunition connected to the Kelly case. On February 26, 2021, a CashApp user sent $20 to Gunn for “30 rounds on the haters,” according to one transaction.
A court log for individuals waiting in line to watch the trial openly was signed with Gunn’s signature on September 3, 2021, according to the lawsuit. Gunn allegedly visited the New York courthouse where the Kelly trial was held.
On June 8, federal prosecutors informed Judge Donnelly that Kelly, who is now 55, should get a sentence of more than 25 years in prison for his crimes, which virtually amounts to a life sentence. Prosecutors claimed in the brief that Kelly had spent the last three decades evading punishment for his crimes and that, if released, he would pose a danger to the public. The prosecutors said that there was little doubt that the defendant would commit an offense again if given the chance. “He puts the general public at grave danger. He acted in a bold, deceitful, oppressive, and coercive manner. He hasn’t displayed any regret or regard for the law.