R Kelly arrested on federal sex trafficking and child pornography charges

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - JUNE 26: R&B singer R. Kelly (C) arrives at the Leighton Criminal Courts Building for a hearing on June 26, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. Kelly is facing several counts of aggravated sexual abuse. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
R Kelly has been arrested (Picture: Scott Olson/Getty Images)

R Kelly has been arrested in Chicago on child pornography and federal sex trafficking charges.

The 52-year-old singer was arrested by New York Police Department and federal agents on Thursday, law enforcement confirmed.

Joseph D. Fitzpatrick, spokesperson for the US Attorney’s Office of the Northern District of Illinois, confirmed Kelly had been arrested on a 13-count indictment.

In a statement (via New York Times), Fitzpatrick said: ‘The indictment includes charges of child pornography, enticement of a minor, and obstruction of justice.’

FILE - This March 13, 2019 file photo shows R. Kelly and his publicist Darryll Johnson, right, leaving The Daley Center after an appearance in court for Kelly's child support case in Chicago. Prosecutors in Chicago have charged Kelly with 11 new sex assault charges, some that are more serious than those first filed against him in February. The Chicago Sun-Times reported Thursday, May 30, on its website that the charges include counts that carry a potential sentence of up to 30 years in prison. The charges say the alleged offenses happened in 2010. (Ashlee Rezin/Chicago Sun-Times via AP, File)
R Kelly previously pleaded not guilty to 11 counts of sexual assault (Picture: Ashlee Rezin/Chicago Sun-Times via AP, File)

Kelly previously appeared in court in Chicago back in June, where he pleaded not guilty to 11 counts of sexual assault, which were brought against him following documentary Surviving R Kelly.

The singer was charged with 5 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse, 4 counts of aggravated criminal sexual assault and 2 counts of criminal sexual assault.

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Metro.co.uk has reached out to R Kelly’s reps for comment.

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