R. Kelly Arrested on Federal Sex Trafficking, Child Porn Charges

R. Kelly Arrested on Federal Sex Trafficking, Child Porn Charges

Singer indicted by grand jury in Chicago on 13 federal counts, including child sex crimes

Singer R. Kelly was arrested in Chicago late Thursday after he was indicted by a grand jury on 13 federal counts, including sex trafficking, child porn, and other child sex crimes.

The disgraced 52-year-old star is already facing sexual abuse charges brought by Illinois prosecutors.

It is understood that Kelly was apprehended by authorities while walking his dog at around 7 pm.

The R&B singer, real name Robert Kelly, was taken into custody and is being held by federal authorities, U.S. Attorney’s office spokesman Joseph Fitzpatrick revealed.

Kelly was arrested shortly after a 13-count federal indictment was handed down in federal court for the Northern District of Illinois on Thursday evening.

“The counts include child porn, enticement of a minor and obstruction of justice,” Fitzpatrick said in a statement, confirming that further details would be released later Friday.

Steve Greenberg, Kelly’s attorney, confirmed his client’s arrest but released no further details. 

The “I Beleive I Can Fly” singer is expected to be brought to New York after being detained by the NYPD and Homeland Security Investigation agents, News 4 reports.

Kelly’s spokesman Darrell Johnson is expected to hold a press conference Friday morning in Atlanta.

According to the Daily Mail, Kelly pleaded not guilty to 11 new sex assault charges last month. 

He hid his eyes behind dark sunglasses and made several strained expressions as he entered Chicago’s Leighton Criminal Courts Building on June 26 flanked by a large entourage for a status hearing in relation to a sexual assault case. 

Inside the courtroom, prosecutors handed over a DVD allegedly showing Kelly having sex with an underage female.

The footage – thought to have been filmed in the 1990s – was obtained by lawyer Michael Avenatti back in February, and reportedly shows the singer sexually abusing a 14-year-old girl. 

In total, Kelly has now pleaded not guilty to 21 sexual abuse charges since February for his alleged abuse against four different women, three of whom were underage when the alleged crimes took place.

Among the 11 new counts are four counts of aggravated criminal sexual assault, which carries a sentence of up to 30 years in prison.

In January, several of Kelly’s alleged victims spoke about their experience in the Lifetime documentary, Surviving R. Kelly. 

In March, the Grammy Award-winning hit-maker sat down with CBS’s Gayle King for an explosive interview in which he denied all accusations of abuse.

During the chat, the star flew into a fit of rage, standing up and shouting at the anchor. 

After a dramatic trial, Kelly was acquitted in 2008 of child pornography charges, also in Chicago.

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