R. Kelly was arrested Thursday night in Chicago by NYPD Public Safety Task Force and Homeland Security Investigations as he was walking his dog, NBC News Reports. The 52-year-old is facing 13 new counts, which include child pornography, enticement of a minor, and obstruction of justice.
Kelly, full name Robert Sylvester Kelly, has additionally been indicted on racketeering charges that span over 20 years in New York. He is currently being held at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Chicago. Kelly will head to court for a hearing on Friday afternoon and is expected to be extradited to Brooklyn Federal Court.
The R&B star was arrested in February on 10 sexual abuse counts, and in May he was hit with 11 additional counts. He pleaded not guilty to all charges. He denied allegations in an explosive sit-down with Gayle King on “CBS This Morning” in March, in which he said he was “fighting for his life." “I didn’t do this stuff. This isn’t me,” he cried in an outburst.
U.S. Attorney John R. Lausch, Jr. stated, “This indictment demonstrates our office’s commitment to holding individuals such as Kelly accountable for criminal sexual abuse of minors, protecting the victims of such crimes, and punishing those who obstruct law enforcement investigations. I thank the courageous individuals who provided law enforcement with important information related to these allegations, and I encourage others with helpful information to do the same. Together with our law enforcement partners and with the help of victims and other witnesses, we will continue to vigorously investigate and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children.”
Steve Greenberg, Kelly’s attorney, shared this statement on Twitter: “Mr. Kelly was aware of the investigations and the charges were not a surprise. He had already assembled a team of outstanding litigators. He and his lawyers look forward to his day in court, to the truth coming out and to his vindication from what has been an unprecedented assault by others for their own personal gain. Most importantly he looks forward to being able to continue making wonderful music and perform for his legions of fans that believe in him.”
A bail hearing for Kelly will reportedly take place next week. Two of his former employers, Derrel McDavid and Milton Brown, have also been charged.