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There are actually 18 prices of felony intercourse crimes involving 4 accusers towards R. Kelly in Illinois.
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R&B singer R. Kelly was arrested by federal authorities in Chicago Thursday on new intercourse crimes prices, placing the embattled singer in even deeper authorized jeopardy.

Federal prices included baby pornography, enticement of a minor, and obstruction of justice, Joseph Fitzpatrick, a spokesman for the U.S. Legal professional’s Workplace for the Northern District of Illinois, advised USA TODAY.

“Sure, he is been arrested,” Kelly’s spokesman Darrell Johnson confirmed to USA TODAY. Johnson had no additional remark, however stated he’d be holding a press convention Friday morning in Atlanta. 

Fitzpatrick stated that Kelly was taken into custody by federal authorities in Chicago round 7 p.m. Thursday night, not lengthy after a federal grand jury returned the 13-count indictment towards the singer. It was not instantly clear when Kelly would seem in court docket or the place he was being held.

The 52-year-old singer has previously been charged by the state of Illinois with two units of a number of sex-crimes (together with aggravated legal sexual assault, legal sexual assault by pressure, aggravated legal sexual abuse and aggravated legal sexual abuse towards an accuser who was between the ages of 13 and 17).

Kelly was initially charged with 10 courts in February; prosecutors unveiled eight extra legal prices towards him in early June. He has pleaded not responsible to all the fees.

For over 20 years, Robert Sylvester Kelly, has confronted a number of allegations of sexual abuse of girls and women, together with intercourse with underage women and accusations that he trapped scores of feminine followers in a “intercourse cult” that reduce them off from their households and subjected them to degrading abuse. 

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However solely as soon as earlier than has Kelly confronted a intercourse crime cost in court docket, in Chicago, the place he was acquitted in 2008. Then, in January, a six-part movie started airing on Lifetime, “Surviving R. Kelly,” during which girls got here ahead on digicam to accuse Kelly of stunning abuse.

Saying she was “sickened” by the allegations, Cook dinner County State’s Legal professional Kim Foxx known as a press convention in January to ask accusers and witnesses to return ahead. In February, she introduced the state prices towards Kelly.

Quickly after state prices had been introduced, New Yorker magazine reported that federal authorities had begun weighing whether or not to convey their very own prices towards Kelly.

Contributing: Cydney Henderson, Aamer Madhani

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