Kelly arrested in Chicago on federal sex crime charges

Carla Harmon
July 12, 2019

Singer R. Kelly was arrested in Chicago Thursday (Friday New Zealand time) after he was indicted on 13 federal counts including sex crimes, a US Attorney's office spokesman said.

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.

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.

Among the 11 new counts are four counts of aggravated criminal sexual assault, which carries a sentence of up to 30 years in prison. Kelly's next court hearing in that case is scheduled for August 15.

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 R&B singer already faces state sex-related charges in IL involving four women, three of whom were minors when the alleged abuse occurred. He has pleaded not guilty to those charges, some of which date back to 1998. "I'm cool, bro", he said standing and screaming. "It's tough. Everything is against him". He was released three days later after someone covered the debt on his behalf. In total he has pleaded not guilty to 21 sexual abuse charges since February. The singer continuously claimed that everyone featured in Surviving R. Kelly is "lying" and maintained that he has "absolutely not" broken any laws. "They was describing Lucifer". I'm not Lucifer. I'm a man. "I make mistakes, but I'm not a devil, and by no means am I a monster".

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