POLK COUNTY, Fla. – An associate of embattled singer R. Kelly was arrested for allegedly setting fire to a vehicle outside of a Central Florida home after federal authorities identified him through Google search history records, recently unsealed court documents show.
Michael Williams, a relative of Kelly’s former publicist, has pleaded not guilty to charges of arson and witness tampering that stem from the June 11 incident at the Polk County home of Azriel Clary, the musician’s former girlfriend.
Investigators identified Williams as a suspect after obtaining a warrant for information on all Google users who had conducted online searches of the home address around the time to the vehicle fire, court records show.
“Certainly, one of the issues in this case is going to be the constitutionality for the search warrant for his Google search history and how that is used against him,” said Williams’s attorney, Todd Spodek.
Clary, 22, has been outspoken on social media with claims that she was sexually and physically abused by the R&B singer, whose real name is Robert Sylvester Kelly.
Kelly faces up to life in prison if convicted of numerous state and federal charges, including child sexual exploitation, kidnapping and forced labor. He has pleaded not guilty.
As Clary was preparing to testify against Kelly in federal court, her mother called 911 report the family’s car had been set on fire by someone