R. Kelly Could Appear in Court in Chicago Friday, Sources Say


What to Know

  • Singer R. Kelly has been arrested in Chicago on federal sex crime charges, according to two law enforcement officials.

  • The 52-year-old was arrested by NYPD detectives and Homeland Security Investigation agents on sex crime charges, officials tell News 4

  • The R&B star has been the subject of different sexual abuse allegations for nearly two decades, with some alleged acts dating back to 1998

Singer R. Kelly was expected to appear in court Friday on the first of two new federal indictments for which he was arrested in Chicago Thursday night.

Kelly’s latest arrest came nearly five months after he was released on bail for additional sexual abuse charges brought by Illinois prosecutors, a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s office said.

A 13-count indictment was handed down in federal court for the Northern District of Illinois on Thursday and includes charges of child pornography, enticement of a minor and obstruction of justice, U.S. attorney spokesman Joseph Fitzpatrick told The Associated Press.

There are separate federal indictments filed in both Chicago and Brooklyn, according to a senior law enforcement official, and a court appearance in Chicago could come on Friday.

The 52-year-old Kelly was arrested while walking his dog Thursday evening by Homeland Security Investigation agents and the NYPD Public Safety Task Force, officials told NBC New York, and it is expected he will be taken to New York at a later date.

Spokespeople from the NYPD and Homeland Security Investigations declined to comment on the arrest. Calls to the U.S. attorney in Brooklyn were not immediately returned.

The singer’s crisis manager, Darrell Johnson, says his legal team was expecting the indictment to happen but he doesn’t know what the charges are yet. Kelly, whose legal name is Robert Sylvester Kelly, was in high spirit as he awaits his trial, according to Johnson.

“Mr. Kelly has declared his innocence from day one,” said Johnson, who says he has been working with the R&B star for six months. “I’ve seen nothing, and I do mean nothing, that would lead to any type of guilt.”

Drea Kelly, the singer’s ex-wife, had no comment following the arrest, her rep said.

The singer has been the subject of different sexual abuse allegations for nearly two decades, with some of the alleged acts dating back to 1998.

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Back in February, Kelly was charged with aggravated sexual abuse involving four women, three of whom were minors when the alleged abuse occurred. He pleaded not guilty and was released from Chicago‘s Cook County Jail after posting bail.

A jury in 2008 acquitted Kelly of child pornography charges stemming from a video showing him having sex with a girl as young as 13, prosecutors claimed at the time. Kelly faced 15 years in prison for that charge, but the young woman in that claim denied it was her and did not testify.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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