R. Kelly was arrested on the night of Thursday, July 11th on federal sex trafficking charges, while walking his dog arrested in Chicago.
According to multiple reports in the US, there are said to be 13 charges against the singer, including child abuse images and obstruction of justice.
US attorney spokesman Joseph Fitzpatrick said that the indictment against Kelly handed down in federal court for the northern district of Illinois also contained charges that revolve around child pornography and obstruction of justice.
“The counts include child porn, enticement of a minor and obstruction of justice,” Fitzpatrick said, adding that further details would be released later Friday.
The 52-year-old was arrested by NYPD and Homeland Security officials. This is coming after the singer has been accused of different sexual abuse crimes for over two decades.
Until his recent arrest, Kelly real name Robert Kelly, was free on a $1 million bond set in February 2019.
In February this year, Kelly was charged with 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse involving four alleged victims, including three who prosecutors say were underage girls. The charges span from 1998 to 2010. Kelly pleaded not guilty. (He has pleaded not guilty to over 20 sexual offences).
R. Kelly posted the $100,000 bail and left Chicago’s Cook County Jail less than three days after he was arrested.
In late May this year, a grand jury indicted Kelly on 11 more charges pertaining to one of the four accusers, including aggravated criminal sexual assault, a Class X felony; and criminal sexual assault, a Class 1 felony.
Kelly’s attorney, Steve Greenberg, confirmed his arrest to the Chicago Sun-Times.
US attorney spokesman Joseph Fitzpatrick said Kelly’s arraignment date and time had not yet been set.
According to Illinois law, a person convicted of Class X felonies can get up to 30 years in prison.