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R. Kelly arrested on federal sex trafficking charges, reports say

Global News logo Global News 2019-07-12 Jesse Ferreras
a man wearing a suit and tie talking on a cell phone: In this June 26, 2019, file photo, musician R. Kelly departs from the Leighton Criminal Court building after a status hearing in his criminal sexual abuse trial in Chicago. © AP Photo/Amr Alfiky, File In this June 26, 2019, file photo, musician R. Kelly departs from the Leighton Criminal Court building after a status hearing in his criminal sexual abuse trial in Chicago.

R. Kelly was arrested by Homeland Security agents and NYPD detectives in Chicago on charges of sex trafficking on Thursday night, reports said.

NBC4 reported that the 52-year-old R&B singer was taken into custody and is expected to be sent to New York, citing two unnamed law enforcement officials.

The New York Times reported that Kelly was arrested on a 13-count indictment that includes child pornography, obstruction of justice and enticement of a minor.

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Fox 32 News confirmed reports of Kelly's arrest with his public relations manager.

The singer was held at Cook County Jail in Chicago on Thursday, and a press conference regarding the case is expected to happen in Atlanta on Friday, Fox 32 added.

News of the new charges comes weeks after Kelly's lawyers sought to have a Chicago judge dismiss a lawsuit that alleged the artist sexually abused a minor in 1998.

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Kelly's lawyers have argued that she could only have sued up until 2002.

The plaintiff in that lawsuit is one of four people who have accused Kelly of criminal sexual abuse in a separate criminal case.

Kelly has denied the allegations.

The Times noted that Kelly was charged with 10 counts in February and that more state charges were filed against him three months later.

With files from The Associated Press

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