There is currently no information on whether the new charges are related to the previous ones that Kelly has been accused of.
Singer R. Kelly has been detained on several feral sex crime charges. Entertainment news site TMZ confirmed that Kelly was arrested in Chicago on Thursday, July 11. As per the report, Kelly has 13 charges against him, including obstruction of justice and child abuse images.
BREAKING: A U.S. Attorney's office spokesman says singer R. Kelly has been arrested on federal sex-crime charges in Chicago. https://t.co/IcZ1hzA0Zp— The Associated Press (@AP) July 12, 2019
The Guardian reports that the 52-year-old singer was taken into custody by the New York Police Department and Homeland Security officers. US attorney spokesperson Joseph Fitzpatrick revealed some of the charges levied against Kelly. "The counts include child porn, enticement of a minor and obstruction of justice," said Fitzpatrick, adding that more details on his charges will be released on Friday.
R. Kelly was arrested and accused of child pornography, enticement of a minor and obstruction of justice. The singer already faces more than a dozen state felony charges related to sexual abuse accusations in Chicago involving 4 women. https://t.co/gckHV9Tznz— The New York Times (@nytimes) July 12, 2019
Kelly has been battling several charges that he has been accused of over the course of two decades. The entertainer has already pleaded 'not guilty' for another set of nearly 20 sexual offenses. But the allegations were put in the spotlight following the release of the documentary 'Surviving R. Kelly'. The explosive docuseries detailed Kelly's history of pursuing teenage girls which goes back to the beginning of his career as a musician.
R&B singer R Kelly has been arrested in Chicago on federal sex crime charges - including child pornography, enticement of a minor and obstruction of justice, according to US media reports.— Sky News (@SkyNews) July 12, 2019
Here's what we know so far about the allegations: https://t.co/80MipCeVEo pic.twitter.com/DAAlySoGji
The tell-all documentary set off a renewed examination of the accusations that were levied against R. Kelly. Earlier this year in February, the singer was charged with 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse, for which he pleaded 'not guilty' and had been released on bail.
Later in May, Kelly had 11 more sexual offenses pressed against him related to abuse and sexual assault of a minor aged between 13 and 16, to which he pleaded 'not guilty'. There is currently no information on whether the new charges are related to the previous ones.
R. Kelly was arrested and charged with federal sex trafficking, the US Attorney's Office in the Northern District of Illinois confirmed. The Grammy-winning songwriter already faces sexual assault charges at the state level. https://t.co/XBFEC1AMux— Twitter Moments (@TwitterMoments) July 12, 2019
Kelly had appeared in court once in 2008 for different sexual offenses namely child pornography charges. But the singer was acquitted for those charges by a jury.