A normal person would not want their name associated with Bill Cosby. Not in 2019.
R. Kelly is, by every conceivable metric, not a normal person.
The disgraced R&B singer is under criminal investigation, and he's turning to Cosby's "fixers" to keep him out of jail.
RadarOnline reports that R. Kelly has hired the same team of "fixers" that Bill Cosby had allegedly used to try to silence his own enemies.
These would be professionals in a number of fields who might understand how to persuade multiple accusers to go silent or even recant.
"They’re ready to do just about anything to get him off the hook," the insider characterizes.
The source continues, noting that these professionals intend to succeed "even if it means using fear tactics."
We're not sure what fear tactics means in this context.
But it could mean intimidation, routine harassment, surveillance, or even blackmail of current or potential witnesses.
The disgraced 52-year-old R&B singer is said to have reached out to these "fixers" after the harrowing documentary aired.
Surviving R. Kelly paints a terrifying portrait of what it is like to be a victim of R. Kelly's alleged sexual predation and his violent sex cult.
Everyone is talking about it, and the public interest and public pressure have pushed law enforcement to investigate the creep.
This has backed R. Kely into a corner more than any past efforts have managed.
R. Kelly has reportedly vowed to "sue everybody" involved with the Lifetime docuseries, clearly hoping to silence his critics.
Kelly was willing to do so much more than just threaten legal actions.
As TMZ reported, Kelly planned to leak the sex tapes of the survivors who spoke out against him.
A team reportedly working for him launched a website, ironically named survivinglies.
That is clear retaliation and sounds like revenge porn, which is illegal for good reason.
The singer's attorneys stepped in and closed down the site.
"They were afraid of lawsuits," the insider explains.
The source continues: "especially after they learned the team planned to use it to feature a revenge-porn video."
This video, the insider says, would have been "featuring one of his victims consenting to sex."
R. Kelly has been accused of having used grooming, violence, starvation, and psychological manipulation to keep multiple women obedient and afraid.
A video of a woman giving some sort of verbal consent would not have disproved any accusations.
Instead, the tactic would have discouraged other women from coming forward for fear of having their own nightmares broadcast on the internet.
But thankfully, not only were plans for the site scrapped, but even a Facebook page devoted to the site was taken down.
"We do not tolerate bullying or sharing other’s private contact information," Facebook explained in a statement.
Facebook continued: "and take action on content that violates our policies as soon as we’re aware."
Legal prosecutions, especially of complicated sex crimes that took place over years and decades, can be difficult to prosecute.
Additional witnesses may be reluctant to come forward because society and especially R. Kelly fans may not want to hear what they have to say.
We can only imagine the sort of courage that it took for everyone who participated in Surviving R. Kelly.