Singer R Kelly charged on multiple counts for sex crimes again
AP: Grammy awardee, R&B musician R Kelly has once again been charged with sex crimes and obstruction of justice in addition to the sexual abuse charges brought by Illinois prosecutors charged in May.
U.S. Attorney’s Office spokesman Joseph Fitzpatrick said the R&B singer was taken into custody about 7 p.m. Chicago local time and was being held by federal authorities. He adds: “The counts include child porn, enticement of a minor and obstruction of justice.”
The arrest was the second time this year that Kelly has been taken into custody in Chicago on sex charges. The 52-year-old, whose real name is Robert Kelly, was arrested in February on 10 counts in Illinois involving four women, three of whom were minors when the alleged abuse occurred. He pleaded not guilty to those charges and was released on bail.
The artists’ downfall began with a screening of a documentary titled Surviving R Kelly which raised more than a few eyebrows against the singer, and led to multiple charges against him.
Kelly reportedly avoided prison after similar allegations were made more than a decade ago. A jury in 2008 acquitted him of child pornography charges that stemmed from a videotape, obtained by the Chicago Sun-Times, allegedly showing Kelly having sex with a minor.