EntertainmentR. Kelly arrested on federal sex crime charges, law enforcement says

07:30  12 july  2019
07:30  12 july  2019 Source:   nbcnews.com

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R . Kelly is in custody after being arrested in Chicago on sex trafficking charges , according to The 52-year-old was arrested by NYPD and Homeland Security officials. He's already pleaded not guilty to more A person can be charged with a federal crime if they've broken laws in more than one state.

On July 11, Kelly was arrested on new federal sex - crime charges in Chicago. The indictment says employees sometimes found these girls at Kelly ’s concerts and invited them backstage; other times the singer flew them across the country to meet him on tour.

R. Kelly arrested on federal sex crime charges, law enforcement says© Scott Olson R. Kelly leaves the Leighton Criminal Courts Building after a hearing in Chicago on June 26.

R&B star R. Kelly has been arrested in Chicago on federal sex crime charges, two law enforcement sources said Thursday night.

Robert Kelly, 52, was arrested by New York police detectives and investigators from the Department of Homeland Security and is expected to be taken to New York, the sources said. Further details were expected to be announced Friday.

Homeland Security's investigations division and New York police declined to comment. Calls to the U.S. attorney in Brooklyn, New York, weren't immediately returned.

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R Kelly has been arrested for sex trafficking. The 18-page New York indictment charges Kelly with racketeering and sex -related crimes against women and girls, in an 18-page federal indictment that He said the charges are not a surprise and that Kelly hopes to be released at a bail hearing next week.

R &B star R . Kelly was arrested in Chicago on Thursday night in a sweeping new federal sex - crime prosecution, officials said . A senior law enforcement official told NBC News that separate federal indictments were filed against Kelly in Chicago and Brooklyn.

Attempts to contact a spokesman for Kelly weren't immediately successful. Drea Kelly, the singer's ex-wife, had no comment, her representative said.

Kelly has been the subject of sexual abuse allegations for nearly two decades, some of them alleging acts as far back as 1998. He has vigorously denied the allegations.

Kelly was charged in Illinois in February with aggravated sexual abuse involving four women, three of whom were minors when the alleged abuse occurred. He pleaded not guilty.

Then, in May, he was charged with 11 more counts of sexual assault and sex abuse, according to court documents.

Allegations of sexual misconduct against Kelly gained renewed interest following the release in January of a six-part Lifetime documentary series, "Surviving R. Kelly," which detailed a number of women's claims that they were sexually, physically and mentally abused. Kelly denied all of those accusations.

In 2008, a Cook County, Illinois, jury acquitted Kelly of child pornography charges stemming from a video that prosecutors said showed him having sex with a girl as young as 13. The young woman denied that it was her in the video and didn't testify.

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