Singer R. Kelly was arrested on federal sex crime charges Thursday night in Chicago and is being held in Cook County jail, a spokesman for the singer said, according to local media.
Dakarai Turner, a reporter with Chicagos Fox affiliate, reported that the prosecution involves U.S. Attorneys for both the Northern District of Illinois and New York. The indictment includes child pornography, enticement of a minor and obstruction of justice, according to numerous reports.
New York Police Department detectives and federal homeland security agents worked together to make the arrest in Chicago, NBC New York reported, saying it is “expected he will be brought to New York.”
Kelly is the second high-profile person, along with Jeffrey Epstein, to be targeted by New York prosecutors this week after decades of both men seeming relatively unscathed by persistent allegations related of horrific sex abuse.
The R&B singer has for years been rumored to have run a sex cult where brainwashed women were held and who Kelly allegedly kept in a “dungeon” and called his “pets.”
In 2002, video emerged that appeared to show Kelly urinating on an underage girl. In 2008, Kelly was acquitted of child pornography charges after the alleged victim didnt testify.
In February 2019, state prosecutors in Chicago charged him with 10 counts of sexual abuse against four women, three of whom were allegedly underage. In May, state court testimony suggested that Kelly may have paid off and threatened witnesses to change the outcome of the 2008 trial, including paying to send witnesses on vacation during the trial.
That case reportedly also unearthed evidence that Kelly had underage girls transferred across state lines for sexual purposes, which would be a federal charge.
R. Kelly appears in a booking photo in 2019. Chicago Police Department/Handout via REUTERS
On July 2, Kelly reportedly went to a judge to attempt to keep his ex-wife from disclosing information about their “private lives.”
The case has parallels to that of Epstein, a hedge fund manager who traveled in celebrity circles and maintained elaborate residences and private flights, which were long rumored to have underage girls present. (RRead More – Source[contf] [contfnew]