Published: Fri, July 12, 2019
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

R&B singer R Kelly arrested in Chicago on federal sex crime charges

R&B singer R Kelly arrested in Chicago on federal sex crime charges

Kelly has been arrested by The New York Police Department on sex trafficking charges, according to TMZ.

He was arrested after the federal indictment was handed down earlier Thursday in federal court for the Northern District of IL.

The arrest took place on Thursday as the 13-count indictment included charges of child pornography, enticement of a minor and obstruction of justice, as revealed by assistant United States attorney for the Northen District of Illinois, Joseph D. Fitzpatrick.

Singer R. Kelly was arrested in Chicago for a 13-count indictment which includes child pornography charges.

Recently, R. Kelly was in court on 11 counts of sexual abuse brought against him locally in Chicago.

Kelly avoided prison after similar allegations were made more than a decade ago.

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Kelly's attorneys could not immediately be reached for comment on the Thursday arrest.

The embattled R&B singer pleaded not guilty to 11 felonies related to sexual assault and various abuse in IL on June 6.

Was indicted but then acquitted on 14 counts of child pornography in 2002. He has pleaded not guilty to those charges, some of which date back to 1998.

The charges in May stemmed from accusations from Jerhonda Pace, whose allegations were recounted in the Lifetime docu-series called "Surviving R. Kelly".

In court papers, Kelly's team argued that Foxx's handling of the Smollett case show that she could be "influenced and wowed". This isn't the first time that R. Kelly has been charged with indictments.

As three of the victims were allegedly underage at the time of the incident, this led to charges of sexual abuse of minors and attempted assault, among others. In March, in an interview with CBS's "This Morning", the emotional musician said: "Whether they're old rumours, new rumours, future rumours, they're not true".

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