R Kelly arrested on federal child pornography charges

12 Iul 2019 | by Diana Kendall

R Kelly has been arrested after federal authorities opened a new case in the prosecution of the singer-songwriter.

R Kelly arrested on federal child pornography charges

The 52-year-old was arrested on Thursday, July 11, in Chicago, with authorities hitting him with a new 13-count sex crime indictment, according to the US Attorney’s office.

According to US attorney spokesperson Joseph Fitzpatrick, the indictment against Kelly contains charges that revolve around child pornography and obstruction of justice.

As reported by the Chicago Sun-Times, it wasn’t immediately clear whether the new federal charges against Kelly are related in any way to the charges that were filed against him earlier this year.

Although he was being held in federal custody, it also wasn’t clear where the 52-year-old was being held – or whether he will face a judge.

These new charges are the latest in a number of legal issues for Kelly this year. The singer is also facing 10 counts of aggravated criminal sex abuse involving four alleged victims.

These offences are alleged to have been committed against four females between the years 1998 and 2010, with three of the females being under the age of 17 when the alleged assaults took place.

The singer’s list of charges were initially released by Matt Masterson, a reporter for WTTW who attended the trial and had access to the state proffer against Kelly.

Masterson posted a tweet of the charges against the singer at the time, which detailed the four separate indictments for each alleged victim.

As per ABC News, the 52-year-old last appeared in court on June 26, when prosecutors disclosed a VHS tape allegedly containing pornographic images of the singer with a minor.

Kelly has been out of prison since posting a $100,000 bond in February and has been living in an apartment in Trump Tower, the Chicago Sun-Times reports.