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R. Kelly Arrested for Child Pornography Charges, US Attorney



Musician R. Kelly was arrested for child pornography and for obstructing justice.

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The US Attorney's Office in Chicago has announced that the pop star was arrested Thursday on 13 counts.

"R Kelly was arrested in Chicago tonight based on charges contained in a 13-leader indictment filed today in the Northern District of Illinois," announced the prosecutor's office Thursday in a statement. "The indictment includes accusations of child pornography and obstruction of justice."

It is not known for the moment what other charges are included in the indictment.

PHOTO: On June 26, 2019, photo of the record, musician R. Kelly leaves the Leighton Criminal Court building after a pre-trial hearing of his sexual assault trial in Chicago.
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On June 26, 2019, musician R. Kelly leaves the Leighton courthouse after hearing his trial for a sexual assault trial in Chicago.

Kelly was arrested by the New York Police Department, who will eventually take her to New York, a police source told ABC News.

Darrell Johnson, Kelly's representative, announced that he would hold a press conference at 9:30 am Eastern time on Friday.

The charges are the latest of a number of legal issues for Kelly this year. The singer, whose real name is Robert Kelly, is also facing 10 counts of criminal sexual assault involving four alleged victims, after being arrested by the Cook County Sheriff's Department in March. He pleaded not guilty to these charges, some dating back to 1998.

Kelly last appeared in the Chicago court on June 26, when prosecutors handed out a DVD that contained pornographic images of the singer with a minor.

"We'll see what that shows," Kelly's lawyer Steve Greenberg told the courthouse last month.

PHOTO: Musician R. Kelly, in the center, leaves the Daley Center after a hearing in his child support case on May 8, 2019 in Chicago.
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Musician R. Kelly, in the center, leaves the Daley Center after a hearing in his child support case on May 8, 2019, in Chicago.

The trial has not yet been set, but the judge said that a scheduled date for the start of 2020 is likely. Kelly's next hearing in this case is scheduled for August 15th.

Aged 52, he has always denied allegations of sexual misconduct.

He also dealt with a number of issues related to child support. He was jailed for nearly a week in March for failing to pay child support for his three children for eight months with his ex-wife, Andrea "Drea" Kelly.

The singer was acquitted of several child pornography charges in 2008, five years after his first arrest, for a video purporting to show the singer with a minor girl.


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