R. Kelly arrested on child pornography charges – report
WASHINGTON, USA – R. Kelly has been arrested on child pornography and other charges, the New York Times reported, in the latest criminal investigation into the R&B superstar dogged by allegations of sexual misconduct.
The 52-year-old, whose legal name is Robert Kelly, was taken into custody by federal agents in Chicago late on July 11, the newspaper said.
Federal prosecutors have issued a 13-count indictment against the singer, which also includes enticement of a minor and obstruction of justice charges, the newspaper reported.
Kelly has a decades-long history of abuse allegations, especially of underage girls.
He was acquitted in a child porn trial over a decade ago, and had maintained a steady fan base and continued to perform.
Prior to his arrest on July 11, Kelly was on bail for a slate of charges in Chicago, including 5 felony counts of aggravated criminal sexual assault.
If convicted of the most serious charges in that case, Kelly would face mandatory sentences of 6 to 30 years in prison on each count.
In a March interview, Kelly vehemently denied the charges and said he was "fighting" for his life.
"I didn't do this stuff," Kelly told CBS News. – Rappler.com
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