R. Kelly Arrested On Federal Sex Trafficking Charges, NBC Reports
The Grammy winner was arrested in Chicago on federal charges, marking a new escalation in the case against him in the wake of the documentary Surviving R. Kelly. He already faces state charges related to the allegations of sexual assault against him.
The 52-year-old was arrested while walking his dog 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. There are separate federal indictments filed in both Chicago and Brooklyn, according to a senior law enforcement official, and a court apperance in Chicago could come later Friday.
Further details on the case are expected to be announced Friday in federal court for the Eastern District of New York. Read full text and watch the video by clicking here.
Jeffrey Epstein, a New York billionaire financier whose friends include President Trump, Prince Andrew, and Bill Clinton, has been accused of running a sex-trafficking operation in which he allegedly sexually abused dozens of underage girls, including a 14-year-old, in his New York and Florida homes between 2002 and 2005.
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