R. Kelly Arrested on Federal Sex Trafficking Charges: Law Enforcement Officials

Updated: Aug 3, 2019


Singer R. Kelly has been arrested in Chicago on federal sex crime charges, according to two law enforcement officials.


The 52-year-old was arrested Homeland Security Investigation agents and NYPD detectives Thursday night on sex trafficking charges, officials tell News 4, and it is expected he will be brought to New York.


Further details on the case are expected to be announced Friday.

Spokespeople from the NYPD and Homeland Security Investigations declined to comment on the arrest.


The R&B star, whose real name is Robert Kelly, has been the subject of different sexual abuse allegations for nearly two decades, with some of the alleged acts dating back to 1998.


The “I Believe I Can Fly” singer pleaded not guilty in June to 11 sex-related charges, including four counts of aggravated criminal sexual assault, which would carry a maximum 30-year prison term.




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