R&B singing star R. Kelly was again arrested on Thursday for child pornography and other charges in Chicago, according to a spokesperson for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Illinois. The R&B artist had been dogged for some time over sex abuse allegations.
Kelly was arrested by New York Police detectives and Department of Homeland Security agents and charged on a 13-count federal indictment for child pornography, enticement of a minor, and obstruction charges, among others.
Others indicted are Kelly’s former employee Milton Brown and Kelly’s former manager Derrel McDavid on allegations that both helped Kelly pay thousands of dollars to recover child porn tales and to apply pressure to witnesses in Kelly’s 2008 trial.
Steve Greenberg, Kelly’s attorney, said Friday that arresting agents were “professional and courteous” when they placed Kelly under arrest on Thursday evening as he was walking his dog in Chicago. The singer is being held at a downtown Chicago federal lockup. Greenberg said his client is hoping to be released after a bail hearing early next week and is expected to be brought to New York.
Apparently, Kelly was aware of the federal investigation, and it was no surprise when he was arrested. Greenberg said that the charges on the federal level appear ” to largely be the same” as what he is charged with in state court.
The spokesperson said Kelly’s charges relate to offenses that occurred in the Northern District of Illinois and did not know the origin of reports linking Kelly’s arrest to crimes in New York.
From Fox News:
Kelly has for decades been the subject of sexual abuse allegations — some involving minors. The R&B singer was acquitted in 2008 of child pornography charges stemming from a videotape that allegedly showed Kelly engaging in sex acts with a 13-year-old girl.
He was charged in February with 10 state counts of sexual abuse involving four victims, including three minors. He pleaded not guilty and was released from Chicago’s Cook County Jail after posting bail. More charges were filed against him in May.
The indictments against his former manager and employee were disclosed in a Twitter message by Jason Meisner, a reporter for the Chicago Tribune.