Christopher Gunn, an R. Kelly fan charged with threatening the federal prosecutors who tried the disgraced singer last year, pleaded not guilty at a hearing Wednesday (July 20) in Brooklyn federal court.
Gunn was arrested late last month on a charge of making threats involving serious bodily injury or death against three prosecutors who worked on Kelly’s case. The disgraced singer was convicted in September on racketeering and sex trafficking charges and sentenced to 30 years in prison last month.
Prosecutors say Gunn posted a YouTube video in which he identified the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Brooklyn and then said we’re “going to storm they office.” The video also allegedly identified the three prosecutors by name.
“[I]f you ain’t got the stomach for the sh-t we bout to do, I’m asking that you just bail out,” Gunn allegedly said on the video, before playing a clip from the film Boyz N The Hood in which guns are loaded and a gunshot can be heard.
At Wednesday’s brief hearing, Gunn appeared via teleconference for his initial arraignment. In technical terms, Gunn stands accused of violating 18 U.S. Code, Section 875, which makes it a crime to transmit “any threat to injure the person of another” across state lines. He faces up to five years in federal prison if convicted.
After a magistrate judge read him his constitutional rights, an attorney for Gunn pleaded not guilty to the charge on his behalf. An initial status conference is set for next week before the judge who will handle Gunn’s actual trial.
Using the social media handle “DeBoSki Gunn,” prosecutors say Gunn posted a video to YouTube on Oct, 3 called “Get Real Familiar,” in which he made menacing comments toward the prosecutors working on the Kelly case.
“I want y’all to get real familiar with this building I’m about to pull up and show to you. … Imma show you exactly where we’re gonna be going. And we’re gonna get real familiar with this building, and this building is gonna get real familiar with the enterprise, also known as Kellz Steppers… We know who is going to stick to everything that I told you, which is that if Kellz goes down, everybody’s going down,” Gunn allegedly said in the video.
In April, Gunn posted another video in which he made reference to the federal judge who oversaw Kelly’s criminal trial, prosecutors say. In June, ahead of Kelly’s sentencing, he allegedly posted a video in which he said he had a “spot for us allllll (sic) to link” during the hearing.
In addition to the videos, prosecutors cited eight transactions made on CashApp in which various users paid Gunn for “rounds” — a reference to firearms ammunition. One payment cited in charging documents was for $20, with the caption “30 rounds.. free R kelly.”