R. Kelly Arrested In Chicago on Federal Child Pornography Charges
Written by KFAT on July 16, 2019
Chicago, IL, United States (4E) – R. Kelly was arrested on Thursday night in Chicago for federal sex crime charges.
The 52-year-old singer is charged with sex trafficking in New York as well as attempting to influence court proceedings in Atlanta. Kelly was apprehended by Homeland Security Investigators agents and NYPD Public Safety Task Force while he was walking his dog, sources told CNN.
The arrest comes five months after he was released on bail for sexual abuse charges brought against him by Illinois prosecutors, a spokesperson for the US Attorney’s office told NBC.
According to U.S. Attorney’s Office spokesman Joseph Fitzpatrick, Kelly was taken into custody at 7 in the evening and is currently being held by federal authorities.
The singer is facing several federal indictments filed in Brooklyn and Chicago and is expected to appear in a Chicago court on Friday. He will then be brought to New York to face additional charges.
A 13-count indictment was returned to a court in Illinois’ Northern District. It includes charges for child pornography, enticement of a minor, and obstruction of justice.
Federal prosecutors for the Eastern District of New York are expected to hand down additional charges against the singer on Friday.
Kelly’s crisis manager, Darrell Johnson, said the singer’s legal team was expecting an indictment but we’re not yet informed about the exact charges to be made.
The singer, whose real name is Robert Sylvester Kelly, has maintained his innocence on the charges against him.
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