CHICAGO (AP) — Singer R. Kelly, already going through sexual abuse fees introduced by Illinois prosecutors, was arrested in Chicago on a federal grand jury indictment itemizing 13 counts together with intercourse crimes and obstruction of justice.
U.S. Lawyer’s Workplace spokesman Joseph Fitzpatrick stated the R&B singer was out strolling his canine when he was taken into custody about 7 p.m. Thursday and was being held by federal authorities. In accordance with the Federal Bureau of Prisons web site, Kelly is being held on the high-rise Metropolitan Correctional Heart, in downtown Chicago.
He was arrested after the indictment was handed down earlier Thursday in federal court docket for the Northern District of Illinois.
“The counts embody youngster porn, enticement of a minor and obstruction of justice,” Fitzpatrick stated, including that additional particulars could be launched Friday.
Kelly’s legal professional, Steve Greenberg, stated Friday that federal brokers arrested Kelly on fees out of Illinois and New York. The singer hopes to be launched after a bail listening to early subsequent week, Greenberg stated.
The conduct Kelly is charged with in federal court docket “seems to largely be the identical” as what he’s charged with in state court docket, Greenberg stated, including that Kelly “was conscious of the investigations and the costs weren’t a shock.”
The arrest was the second time this 12 months that Kelly has been taken into custody in Chicago on intercourse fees. The 52-year-old Grammy winner, whose actual title is Robert Kelly, was arrested in February on 10 counts in Illinois involving 4 girls, three of whom had been minors when the alleged abuse occurred. He pleaded not responsible to these fees and was launched on bail.
Then on Might 30, Cook County prosecutors added 11 more sex-related counts involving one of many girls who accused him of sexually abusing her when she was underage.
Darrell Johnson, a publicist for Kelly, stated he deliberate to ship an announcement in regards to the newest developments at a Friday morning information convention in Atlanta. He declined to remark forward of that point.
Kelly’s attorneys couldn’t instantly be reached for touch upon the federal fees. Fitzpatrick stated Kelly’s arraignment date and time had not but been set.
Kelly has confronted mounting authorized troubles this 12 months after Lifetime aired a documentary “Surviving R. Kelly,” which revisited allegations of sexual abuse of women. The collection adopted the BBC’s “R Kelly: Intercourse, Ladies & Videotapes,” launched in 2018, that alleged the singer was holding girls in opposition to their will and working a “intercourse cult.”
Quickly after the discharge of the Lifetime documentary, Cook dinner County State’s Lawyer Kim Foxx stated her workplace had been inundated with calls in regards to the allegations within the documentary. Her workplace’s investigation led to the costs in February and extra counts added in Might.
Kelly prevented jail after comparable allegations had been made greater than a decade in the past. A jury in 2008 acquitted him of kid pornography fees that stemmed from a videotape, obtained by the Chicago Solar-Instances, allegedly exhibiting Kelly having intercourse with a minor.