R. Kelly arrested in Chicago on federal sex trafficking charges

Bessie Dean
July 13, 2019

He said a news conference is planned for Friday morning to discuss the charges.

Kelly's lawyers have argued that she could only have sued up until 2002.

Kelly, 52, has been arrested in Chicago by the New York Police Department and National Security investigators.

The singer is being held in federal custody.

The indictment in NY says Kelly and his managers, bodyguards and other assistants picked out women and girls at concerts and other venues and arranged for them to travel to see the singer.

Additional information involving the charges from the latest indictment is also expected on Friday.

Attorney Steve Greenberg said Friday that agents were "professional and courteous" when they arrested Kelly on Thursday evening while he was walking his dog in Chicago.

The U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of IL and the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of NY did not immediately respond to PEOPLE's requests for comment. It's not clear if Kelly will get arraigned today, but it seems likely, and the details within the indictment would normally be published at that time.

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Titled Surviving R. Kelly, it featured interviews from a number of women claiming to have been victims of Kelly's abuse. CBS News correspondent Jericka Duncan reports this is the first time Kelly has faced federal criminal charges.

Kelly "used physical abuse, violence, threats of violence, blackmail and other controlling behaviours against victims so that Kelly could maintain control over them, prevent them from providing evidence to law enforcement, and persuade them to continue to abide by prior false statements", it said.

R. Kelly has been facing sexual abuse allegations for two decades and he has denied the previous charges.

In February, R. Kelly was also charged with 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse involving four victims, three of whom were underage.

Over a decade ago, a jury acquitted Kelly of similar charges.

Kelly's attorney has said the charges aren't a surprise and that Kelly hopes to be released at a bail hearing next week. The obstruction charges would likely be on different grounds, at least, which suggests that the US Attorney has a different set of charges.

Then on 30 May, 11 more sex-related counts were added to the charges against the singer.

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