Federal Prosecutors Arrest And Charge R. Kelly In New Child Pornography Case

R. Kelly In New Child Pornography Case Again

Robert Sylvester Kelly is an American singer, songwriter, record producer, and former professional basketball player. He is credited for helping redefine R&B and hip hop, earning the nicknames "King of R&B" and "King of Pop-Soul".

Kelly, who already faces separate sexual assault charges in state court, will now be confronting two possible criminal trials following his Thursday night arrest by federal authorities.

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 in June 2008, Kelly was acquitted of all charges, allowing him to walk a free man.

Kelly's arrest by agents Thursday night represents the first time the singer has faced federal charges.

A law enforcement official tells The New York Times that investigators plan to bring Kelly to New York to face charges. Federal prosecutors told the paper that prosecutors in Brooklyn will detail those plans on Friday.

In recent months, fresh interest has been generated around the longtime accusations against Kelly.

Some recent news about the singer so far:

R Kelly’s lawyers have requested the singer’s ex-wife Andrea be jailed and fined for ‘breaking a confidentiality agreement’ against him.


R Kelly’s lawyers have requested the singer’s ex-wife Andrea be jailed and fined for ‘breaking a confidentiality agreement’ against him.

In court documents filed Tuesday (2 July), Kelly’s lawyers have claimed that speaking out against the star was in breach of the agreement she signed amid their divorce battle in 2009. According to the papers, acquired by Chicago Sun Times, part of the agreement was that they were to not criticise each other in public, and his lawyers argue that not only has Andrea done that, but she’s earned a profit in the process.

Keke Palmer condemns former mentor R Kelly: ‘That’s not the side I knew’


Keke Palmer condemns former mentor R Kelly: ‘That’s not the side I knew’

Kelly, 52, has been charged with 10 counts of aggravated criminal abuse, as well as 11 additional charges of sexual assault, all of which he has pleaded not guilty to. His arrest came after the broadcast of Surviving R Kelly, a Lifetime documentary which explored the allegations of sexual and physical abuse made against the R’n’B singer by a string of women. And Keke, who counted the Ignition singer as a friend as well as working with him throughout his career, admitted that watching the documentary confused her, as she seen a different side to Kelly. The Scream Queens actress was on Watch What Happens Live when a caller asked: ‘What is the most eye-opening part of watching Surviving R Kelly for you?’

The 25-year-old said: ‘Oh, man. I don’t even know what to say. The whole thing – the whole thing was eye-opening, painful, sad, disappointing, heartbreaking.’

R Kelly pleads not guilty to 11 sexual assault charges as lawyer claims accusers ‘aren’t real victims’

R Kelly pleads not guilty to 11 sexual assault charges as lawyer claims accusers ‘aren’t real victims’

The musician has been charged with multiple counts of sexual assault following the release of the Surviving R Kelly documentary, which featured various women who accused Kelly of abuse. According to the new indictment, the first eight counts are from encounters that allegedly occurred between 1 January and 31 January 2010. Three others pertain to alleged encounters between 1 May 2009 and 31 January 2010. Prosecutors allege, among other things, that Kelly used force or threatened to do so to pressure the accuser into sex or to perform oral sex on him.

R Kelly reportedly has just $625 in the bank thanks to a neverending stream of legal battles

R Kelly reportedly has just $625 in the bank

Newly released court documents suggest R Kelly is going through severe financial difficulties as he only has $625 in his bank account. Court documents also show that a different bank account owned by Kelly is overdrawn by $13 (£9.91). Other bank accounts have been seized and drained as part of an ongoing legal battle with his landlord, according to The Blast. 

The singer, who is currently on bail after being charged with 10 counts of aggravated sexual abuse, has had to pay out thousands for a series of legal battles in recent months. He plead not guilty to all the charges and his bail was set at $1million (£762,500). Kelly denies all the charges made against him.

R Kelly gets paid $22,000 for one-hour club appearance amid sexual abuse investigation

R Kelly gets paid $22,000 for one-hour club appearance amid sexual abuse investigation

R Kelly was reportedly paid $22,000 (£16,854) to make a one-hour club appearance in Illinois on Saturday (6 April). The Ignition singer, 52, is currently facing charges of sexual abuse, but is continue his working commitments during the ongoing investigation. 

TMZ reports Kelly stopped by Dirty South Lounge in Springfield for a personal appearance. The publication claims he arrived at 10.30pm, but didn’t greet the crowd, believed to be around 50 people, until 2.30am. Sources say Kelly was paid to appear at the club, not to sing, but belted out the opening line to his hit Bump N Grind for fans. They claim he pocketed $20,000 (£15,326) of his fee and gave $2,000 (£1,532) to his booking agent.