Note: The following article contains discussion of sexual misconduct allegations that some readers may find upsetting.
R&B singer R Kelly is facing yet more allegations of sexual misconduct after being arrested in Chicago, Illinois yesterday evening (July 11).
Two months after the singer was charged with 11 new counts of sexual misconduct, it’s believed the 52-year-old has now been arrested on sex trafficking charges.
According to a report in The Guardian, R Kelly – real name Robert Kelly – is facing 13 federal sex crime charges and is expected to be taken to New York in the coming days.
In a statement, the US attorney spokesman Joseph Fitzpatrick revealed that some of the counts against Kelly include “child porn, enticement of a minor and obstruction of justice”.
Back in May, R Kelly was charged with claims of aggravated criminal sexual assault and aggravated criminal sexual abuse, among others.
The counts were added onto existing sexual assault allegations stemming from one of the women involved in earlier charges, according to Kelly’s lawyer. Kelly has pleaded not guilty to previous charges.
In response to May’s court filing, Kelly’s lawyer said his team would “proceed accordingly” and called the allegations “old”. “They’re from years ago,” he said in a statement.
The singer has faced an ongoing criminal investigation over misconduct allegations following the premiere of documentary series Surviving R Kelly earlier this year.
R Kelly has repeatedly denied all abuse allegations against him, including those made in the Surviving R Kelly miniseries.
Rape Crisis England and Wales works towards the elimination of all forms of sexual violence and sexual misconduct. If you’ve been affected by the issues raised in this story, you can access more information on their website or by calling the National Rape Crisis Helpline on 0808 802 9999. Rape Crisis Scotland’s helpline number is 08088 01 03 02.
Readers in the US are encouraged to contact RAINN, or the National Sexual Assault Hotline on 800-656-4673.