R Kelly arrested in Chicago on Federal Sex Crime Charges

Singer R. Kelly was arrested in Chicago on federal sex crime charges, according to two law enforcement officials.

The singer was arrested while walking his dog and has been charged with sex trafficking and he is expected to appear in court on Friday before being transported to New York to answer for charges in Brooklyn

His arrest comes after a 13-count indictment in the Northern District of Illinois that includes child pornography and obstruction of justice charges.

For over 20 years, R Kelly has faced accusations of abuse, manipulations and inappropriate encounters with girls and young women.

Back in February, Kelly was charged with aggravated sexual abuse involving four women, three of whom were minors when the alleged abuse occurred.

He pleaded not guilty and was released from Chicago's Cook County Jail after posting bail.

In late May, a grand jury had indicted him on 11 more charges pertaining to one of the four accusers, including aggravated criminal sexual assault, a Class X felony; and criminal sexual assault, a Class 1 felony and according to Illinois law, a person convicted of Class X felonies can get up to 30 years in prison.

Until Thursday, R Kelly was free on a $1 million bond set in February. The New York Police Department, Homeland Security Investigation and other federal partners assisted in the arrest.

Steve Greenberg, singer’s attorney, confirmed that the R Kelly was arrested but declined further comments.


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