Singer R. Kelly was arrested last night by Homeland Security agents and members of the NYPD Public Safety Task Force while walking his dog in Chicago Thursday and held at the Metropolitan Correctional Center. The arrest comes just five months after Kelly was released on bail for other charges of sexual abuse.
In a Federal indictment unsealed today, Kelly is charged with nine counts of enticing a minor, three counts of child pornography, and one count of obstruction of justice. According to the indictment, Kelly “engaged in sexual contact and sexual acts” with five minors when they were under 18.
Members of Kelly’s entourage, Derrel McDavid and Milton Brown, were also named as defendants in the Chicago case.
Investigators say they have four videos that “depict Kelly engaged in sexual contact and sexual acts” with a girl under 18. When Kelly, McDavid, and Brown discovered that the videos were missing, the indictment alleges, they paid “hundreds of thousands of dollars” to get them back.
Kelly is expected to appear in court today in Chicago before being transferred to New York, where another indictment unsealed today charges him with racketeering, kidnapping, forced labor, and sexual exploitation of a child.
A lawyer for Kelly said, “The conduct alleged appears to largely be the same as the conduct previously alleges against Mr. Kelly in his current State indictment and his former State charges that he was acquitted of. Most, if not all of the conduct alleged, is decades old.”
Kelly has faced increased scrutiny since Lifetime aired the harrowing six-part docuseries Surviving R. Kelly in January.
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