R Kelly Indicted On Federal Charges
This article has been updated since it was first published.
R Kelly was arrested Thursday night on a federal indictment.
Kelly was indicted on racketeering and other charges involving alleged sex crimes against at least five females, according to court documents. The alleged incidents took place in at least four states.
According to reports, the racketeering charge includes kidnapping, sexual exploitation of children and forced labour.
The singer allegedly had members of his entourage scour the crowd at his concerts “to recruit women and girls to engage in illegal sexual activity with Kelly.”
The indictment claims females were ordered to refer to Kelly as “Daddy” and had to ask permission to leave their rooms or eat. When not with Kelly, they had to wear baggy clothing and refrain from looking at men.
Kelly’s lawyer tweeted: “The conduct appears to be largely the same as the conduct previously alleged against Mr. Kelly in his current State indictment. He and his lawyers look forward to his day in court, to the truth coming out and to his vindication from what has been an unprecedented assault by others for their own personal gain.
“Most importantly he looks forward to being able to continue making wonderful music and perform for his legions of fans that believe in him.”
Kelly is already facing multiple Illinois state charges for alleged sexual abuse involving four women – three of whom were minors at the time of the alleged incidents – between 1998 and 2010. One of the charges, criminal sexual assault, comes with a maximum prison sentence of 30 years.
The R&B singer has pleaded not guilty to all charges and went on TV to declare his innocence.