R. Kelly whose real name is Robert Kelly has been arrested by American authorities and slammed 13 counts of sex crimes and obstruction of justice on him.
The Associated Press reported that the famous R&B singer was taken into custody at about 7:00 p.m. local time in Chicago. He had previously been facing charges of sexual abuse by state authorities in Illinois.
Joseph Fitzpatrick, a spokesperson for the United States Attorney’s Office, said R. Kelly was arrested after being indicted on Thursday in a federal court for the Northern District of Illinois.
“The counts include child porn, enticement of a minor and obstruction of justice,” Mr. Fitzpatrick said according to the AP, adding that further details would be released Friday.
They’ve been brought back into the spotlight following the documentary series Surviving R. Kelly, which detailed stories about him pursuing teenage girls going right back to the start of his career.
The arrest came a few months after R. Kelly, 52, was charged in February on 10 counts of sex crimes involving four women, three of whom were minors when the alleged abuse occurred. He pleaded not guilty and has been released on bail.
Then in May he was charged with 11 more sexual offences, relating to sexual assault and abuse of a minor aged between 13 and 16, which he pleaded not guilty to last month.
It is not yet known whether the new federal charges are linked to the same cases.
A person can be charged with a federal crime if they’ve broken laws in more than one state. The charges are generally more severe than state charges.
It was not immediately clear when he would be arraigned in court for the latest charges.