R. Kelly arrested in Chicago on federal sex crime charges
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Singer R. Kelly was again arrested on federal sex charges while in Chicago on Thursday night, months after he was released on bail for other sexual abuse charges.

Joseph Fitzpatrick, a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office, confirmed to The Associated Press that the R&B star was taken into custody by federal authorities while he was walking his dog.

His arrest came after a federal grand jury on Thursday indicted him on 13 counts including sex comes and obstruction of justice.


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

The is the second time this year that R. Kelly has been taken into custody in Chicago on sex crimes following years of accusations of sexual misconduct.

He was charged with 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse in February. Three of the alleged victims were under the age of 17 at the time of the alleged incidents, which prosecutors say spanned 1998 to 2010.

He pleaded not guilty and was released on bail.

Officials in Cook County, Ill., then added an additional 11 counts against the “Ignition” singer in May. 

Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx was reportedly spurred to pursue charges after a new documentary series, "Surviving R. Kelly," was released earlier this year and detailed a series of sexual abuse allegations against the 52-year-old singer.

Multiple women made accusations of decades-long sexual abuse in the series.

The documentary led to Kelly being dumped by his record label. It also triggered a series of protests against him, including one in front of his Chicago music studio.

Kelly was previously acquitted of sex crime charges.

He was found not guilty of child pornography charges by a jury in 2008 after prosecutors alleged that he filmed himself having sex with a girl they believed to be 13 at the time.

Steve Greenberg, a criminal defense attorney representing Kelly, told The Associated Press in February that "the allegations aren’t true because he never knowingly had sex with an underage woman, he never forced anyone to do anything, he never held anyone captive, he never abused anyone.”