R. Kelly Arrested On Federal Sex Trafficking Charges
R&B singerwas arrested Thursday in Chicago on federal sex trafficking charges. Law enforcement sources told CBS News he was arrested by the New York Police Department and federal Homeland Security agents.
The U.S. Attorney's Office in northern Illinois said Kelly is facing 13 counts, including child pornography, enticement of a minor to engage in criminal sexual activity and obstruction of justice. As CBS News correspondent Jericka Duncan reports, this is the first time Kelly has faced federal criminal charges.
U.S. Attorney's Office spokesman Joseph Fitzpatrick said Kelly was apprehended at about 7 p.m. Chicago time and was being held by federal authorities. According to the Federal Bureau of Prisons, Kelly was being held at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Chicago.
"Mr. Kelly has a lot of fans, people praying for him, wishing him the best. The best outcome is for him to be out -- that's what we all hope," Johnson said.
In an" co-host Gayle King in March, Kelly insisted none of the allegations against him were true, including accusations that he had beaten, starved and held other women against their will -- a so-called "sex cult."
First published on July 12, 2019 / 12:06 AM
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