BREAKING: R. Kelly ‘is arrested in Chicago on sex trafficking charges’
- The singer was arrested on sex trafficking charges by NYPD detectives
- It is expected the 52-year-old will be brought to New York, according to reports
- The R&B star plead not guilty to 11 new sex assault charges last month
- In total he has now pleaded not guilty to 21 sexual abuse charges since February
R. Kelly has been arrested in Chicago on federal sex crime charges, according to reports.
The singer, 52, was arrested on sex trafficking charges by NYPD detectives and Homeland Security Investigation agents.
The R&B star plead not guilty to 11 new sex assault charges last month.
He hid his eyes behind dark sunglasses and made several strained expressions as he entered Chicago’s Leighton Criminal Courts Building flanked by a large entourage for a status hearing in relation to a sexual assault case.
Inside the court room, prosecutors handed over a DVD allegedly showing Kelly having sex with an underage female.
The footage – thought to have been filmed in the 1990s – was obtained by lawyer Michael Avenatti back in February, and reportedly shows the singer sexually abusing a 14-year-old girl.
In total, Kelly has now pleaded not guilty to 21 sexual abuse charges since February for his alleged abuse against four different women, three of whom were underage when the alleged crimes took place.
Among the 11 new counts are four counts of aggravated criminal sexual assault, which carries a sentence of up to 30 years in prison.
In January, several of Kelly’s alleged victims spoke about their experience in the Lifetime documentary, Surviving R. Kelly.
In March, the I Believe I Can Fly hit-maker sat down with CBS’s Gayle King for an explosive interview in which he denied all accusations of abuse.
During the chat, the star flew into a fit of rage, standing up and shouting at the anchor.
R. Kelly has been arrested in Chicago on federal sex crime charges, reports say