R. Kelly Arrested On Federal Sex Crime Charges In Chicago

R. Kelly has been arrested in Chicago on federal sex crime charges, a US attorney spokesman has said.

In a short statement, Joseph Fitzpatrick said that the R&B singer was taken into custody at around 7pm and was being held by authorities.

He was arrested after a 13-count federal indictment was handed down with Fitzpatrick adding: "The counts include child porn, enticement of a minor and obstruction of justice".

Kelly back in July 2018 at the 4th Annual V103 Summer Block Party. Credit: PA
Kelly back in July 2018 at the 4th Annual V103 Summer Block Party. Credit: PA

The 52-year-old, whose real name is Robert Kelly has denied the allegations following his arrest by NYPD and Homeland Security officials

Kelly was also arrested back in February on 10 counts in Illinois involving four women, three of whom were minors when the alleged abuse is said to have taken place.

They are said to have taken place between 1998 and 2010 with the BBC reporting that at least three of the victims were aged between 13 and 16 at the time of their alleged assaults.

An arrest warrant was issued, leading to Kelly handing himself in - lawyer Steve Greenberg explained at the time that Kelly was 'shell-shocked' by the allegations.

Kelly's attorney Steve Greenberg speaks to the media after Kelly turned himself in to police Friday. Credit: PA
Kelly's attorney Steve Greenberg speaks to the media after Kelly turned himself in to police Friday. Credit: PA

Greenberg told the Associated Press that his client was 'extraordinarily disappointed and depressed' by the charges and maintains his innocence.

He told CNN: "I think all the women are lying. Mr Kelly is strong, he's got a lot of support and he's going to be vindicated on all these charges - one by one if it has to be."

Then on 30 May, 11 more sex-related counts were added to the charges against the singer.

According to the charges, the alleged offences happened in January 2010.

Court papers seen by the The Chicago Sun Times revealed that he was charged with four counts of aggravated criminal sexual assault, two counts of criminal sexual assault by force, two counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse, and three counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse against a victim between the ages of 13 to 16.

Attorney Steve Greenburg said: "We'll see what the charges are, and we'll proceed accordingly. I know this much: it's old. They're allegations from years ago."

In an interview with CBS reporter Gayle King, Kelly became emotional and broke down in tears as they discussed allegations from his past - referring to when he was indicted in 2002 on 13 counts of child pornography before being acquitted in 2008.

R. Kelly said: "I'll sit here and say this, I had two cases back then that I said at the beginning of the interview that I would not talk about because of my ongoing case now.

"But I will tell you this: people are going back to my past and they're trying to add all of this stuff now to that, to make all of the stuff that's going on now feel real to people."

LADbible has contacted representatives for R. Kelly as well as police in New York and Chicago.

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Rebecca Shepherd

I'm Becky - a journalist at LADbible. I graduated with a First Class BA in Journalism before going on to cover criminal court cases, medical tribunals and breaking news for the national media - which inevitably and eventually became as glum as it sounds. Can often be found rocking a bag for life - which I made a 'thing' way before Rihanna. You can contact me at [email protected]

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