Federal agents arrested singer R. Kelly in Chicago on Thursday night after a federal grand jury handed down a 13-count indictment earlier in the day. "The counts include child porn, enticement of a minor, and obstruction of justice," said Joseph Fitzpatrick, a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Illinois. These are the first federal charges against Kelly, who also faces multiple sexual assault charges in Illinois; he has pleaded not guilty to the state charges. A law enforcement official tells The New York Times that Kelly will be moved to New York and prosecutors in Brooklyn will announce further details Friday.
A spokeswoman for the Cook County Sherriff's Department, which operates the jail where Kelly is being held, said that someone posted the money Kelly needed to make the payment. She did not know who posted the money, the Associated Press reports.
Kelly's arrest over the failed payments occurred just shortly after the 52-year-old was charged with 10 counts of aggravated sexual abuse against four women, including three who were minors at the time of the alleged abuse. Kelly has denied any wrongdoing multiple times, including during an explosive interview with Gayle King on CBS This Morning on Wednesday. Tim O'Donnell
The R&B singer was arrested two weeks ago on 10 counts of criminal sexual abuse, and released days later on $100,000 bail. He returned to a Chicago court for a hearing on unpaid child support Wednesday and was taken back into custody, with a Cook County Sheriff spokesperson not disclosing if it had to do with unpaid support, per AP. The spokesperson did say Kelly would be transferred to a county jail.
Allegations of sexual misconduct and assault against Kelly span decades, with disturbing accounts describing how he "brainwashed" young women under the guise of advancing their careers. The Lifetime documentary Surviving R. Kelly, which aired earlier this year, sparked investigations into Kelly in multiple states. A Chicago investigation led to the 10 counts against Kelly. He has denied any wrongdoing.
On Wednesday morning, CBS This Morning aired an explosive interview with Kelly and Gayle King. Kelly ranted about he was "not Lucifer" during the interview, and denied allegations of sexually assaulting a minor or ever breaking a law. Kathryn Krawczyk