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R. Kelly Arrested Again On Federal Sex Charges Including Child Pornography And Sex Trafficking

R. Kelly was arrested Thursday night in Chicago on new federal sex-crime charges, just months after he was charged at the state level for abuse and aggravated sexual assault.

The 13-count indictment, brought by the U.S. attorney’s office for the Northern District of Illinois, includes charges of child pornography, enticing a minor to engage in criminal sexual activity and obstruction of justice, Joseph D. Fitzpatrick, an assistant United States attorney for the Northern District of Illinois, told The Washington Post.

Federal prosecutors in Brooklyn unsealed a separate five-count indictment against Kelly on Friday, including charges of racketeering.

Kelly is expected to be arraigned in federal court in Chicago on Friday.

In addition to Kelly, two of his former employees Derrel McDavid and Milton Brown were charged in the Chicago case with conspiracy to receive child pornography. McDavid was also charged with conspiracy to obstruct justice.

Steve Greenberg, Kelly’s attorney, said in a statement Friday that the singer was aware of the investigations and the charges were not a surprise.

The entertainer’s legal troubles have mounted in recent months after a Lifetime docuseries, “Surviving R. Kelly,” brought renewed attention to decades’ worth of sexual-misconduct allegations. In February,

Kelly was charged with 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse, each carrying a potential sentence of three to seven years in prison, and spent three days in Chicago’s Cook County Jail before being released on a $1 million bond.

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