CRIME REPORT 07/12/2019 12:14 am ET Updated 1 hour ago
B.A.W.N (Chicago) — Singer R. Kelly was arrested on federal sex charges in Chicago Thursday night 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.
The 52-year-old was arrested by Homeland Security Investigation agents and NYPD Public Safety Task Force, officials told News 4, and it is expected he will be brought to New York.
A 13-count indictment was handed down earlier Thursday in federal court for the Northern District of Illinois and includes charges of child pornography, enticement of a minor and obstruction of justice, U.S. attorney spokesman Joseph Fitzpatrick told The Associated Press.
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.
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 later Friday.
Mr. Kelly has declared his innocence from day one,” said the singers Manager Darrel Johnson. In addition Johnson 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.”
Further details on the case are expected to be announced Friday in federal court for the Eastern District of New York.
In February, Kelly was charged with 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse. He was accused of abusing four women. (BAWN)
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