R. Kelly arrested in Chicago on federal sex-trafficking crime charges


R&B singer R. Kelly was arrested Thursday night in Chicago on new federal sex crime charges, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Illinois told multiple media outlets early on Friday.

The 52-year-old artist, who was already facing charges at the state level for abuse and aggravated sexual assault, was taken into custody at 7 p.m (U.S Time). Thursday, the Associated Press reported, after a federal grand jury in Chicago returned a 13-count indictment that includes charges for child pornography and obstruction of justice. Details of the individual charges were not immediately available.

The entertainer’s legal troubles have mounted in recent months after a Lifetime docuseries, “Surviving R. Kelly,” brought renewed attention to decades worth of sexual misconduct allegations. In February, Kelly was charged with 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse, each carrying a potential sentence of three to seven years in prison, and spent three days in Chicago’s Cook County Jail before being released on a $1 million bond.


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