R. Kelly arrested again on federal sex crime charges

R. Kelly arrested again on federal sex crime charges

Kelly could face up to 30 years in prison if convicted on those charges.
12 Jul, 2019

R&B singer Kelly, 52, was arrested on Thursday by New York police detectives and investigators with the Department of Homeland Security, and is expected to be taken to New York City, the agency said.

Early on Friday, the Chicago Sun-Times said Kelly faces a 13-count sex crime indictment, citing the U.S. Attorney’s office.

The R&B singer has vehemently denied abuse allegations for decades. In 2008, he was tried on child pornography charges and found not guilty.

The Sun-Times said Kelly’s attorney Steve Greenberg, on Thursday confirmed the arrest, but declined to give details. Greenberg was not immediately available for comment to Reuters.

Chicago police referred all questions on the matter to the U.S. attorney’s office or New York police, but representatives were not immediately available for comment.

In June, Kelly pleaded not guilty to 11 felony counts of sexual assault and abuse at a Chicago court hearing after prosecutors expanded an indictment against him.

Those counts, unveiled in late May in an indictment by a Cook County grand jury, involve alleged abuse of a victim between the ages of 13 and 16.

The accusations center on someone identified only as J.P. and the crimes are alleged to have taken place between May 2009 and January 2010.

Kelly could face up to 30 years in prison if convicted on those charges.

In February, Kelly pleaded not guilty to charges that he sexually assaulted three teenage girls and a fourth woman.

The charges were brought after seven women, including his ex-wife, appeared on a Lifetime television documentary and accused him of emotional and sexual abuse.

The singer, known for such hits as “I Believe I Can Fly” and “Bump N’ Grind,” spent a weekend in jail on the sex charges before being released on $100,000 bail on Feb. 25.

It was not immediately clear if the new federal charges against Kelly were related to previous cases. It was unclear where he was being held or when he would appear before a judge on the new charges


Mahmood Jul 12, 2019 09:03pm
Now he's done for good! The feds don't usually file charges against someone unless they have a pretty good chance of convicting them at trial. Federal conviction rate is already over 90% in all cases even in a plea-bargain. So, he may end up behind bars for a significant period of time.
Uzay Yazdani Jul 12, 2019 09:12pm
He will be convicted because he escaped conviction ten years ago.
putho madre Jul 13, 2019 05:05am
He is going to the Big house for good.
Uzay Yazdani Jul 13, 2019 05:24am
A very bad guy. His money protected him.
Imran Jul 13, 2019 03:04pm
No longer can he fly.....