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Feds arrest R&B singer R. Kelly on new charges of sex crimes — including child pornography


He's in hot water

Photo by Cook County Sheriff's Office via Getty Images

Federal authorities arrested R&B singer R. Kelly in Chicago on Thursday while he was walking his dog.

Authorities charged the performer — real name Robert Sylvester Kelly — on several counts of federal sex crimes, including child pornography.

What are the details?

Joseph Fitzpatrick, a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney's Office, confirmed to the Associated Press that authorities took Kelly, 52, into custody Thursday evening. A federal grand jury indicted Kelly on 13 counts including sex crimes and obstruction of justice.

Fitzpatrick said, "The counts include child porn, enticement of a minor, and obstruction of justice."

The outlet reported that Kelly is being held at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Chicago.

According to CNN, "A five-count indictment against Kelly will be unsealed Friday in the Eastern District of New York. ... Kelly will appear in federal court in Brooklyn at a later date."

Sources told the outlet that the New York Police Department, Homeland Security Investigations, and other federal partners worked together for Thursday's arrest.

The performer's arrest came months after the performer was released on bail for other sex crime charges. In February, authorities charged Kelly with 10 counts of aggravated criminal abuse. According to reports, at least three of his purported victims were under the age of 17 at the time of their alleged contact with the entertainer. All of the incidents reportedly took place between 1998 and 2010, and multiple women came forward to detail the abuse they purportedly suffered at the hands of the singer.

Kelly pleaded not guilty to all charges, and he was later released on bail.

Later in the year, authorities added another 11 counts of sex crimes against the performer.

Kelly has vehemently denied all allegations of sexual misconduct and has insisted upon his innocence.

You can read more about the allegations against Kelly here and here.

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