R. Kelly Arrested In Federal Porn, Obstruction Case

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Federal authorities in Chicago arrested R&B singer R. Kelly on a 13-count indictment alleging child pornography and obstruction of justice, NPR reports. Kelly, who already faces separate sexual assault charges in state court, will now be confronting two possible criminal trials after his Thursday night arrest. For decades, Kelly has been dogged by accusations over sexual contact with minors and child pornography allegations. He was prosecuted by state authorities in a child pornography case before, but he was acquitted in 2008. This is the first time the singer has faced federal charges.

Federal prosecutors in Brooklyn unveiled a separate indictment on Friday, charging  Kelly with one count of racketeering and four counts of violating the Mann Act, which prohibits transporting people across state lines for the purpose of prostitution, the New York Times reports. Kelly attorney Steve Greenberg said Kelly “was aware of the investigations and the charges were not a surprise.” In recent months, fresh interest has been generated around the longtime accusations against Kelly. An interview Kelly did with Gayle King in March in which he emotionally denied sexual misconduct with underage girls prompted widespread attention. Lifetime’s recent six-episode Surviving R. Kelly documentary included accounts from several women who accused the singer of misconduct. More accusers began publicly telling their stories about alleged abuse and sexual misconduct perpetrated by him.

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