(AllHipHop News) Robert Kelly is now facing numerous court cases connected to alleged sex crimes. Last week, the performer better known as R. Kelly was arrested in Chicago by Homeland Security agents and the New York Police Department Public Safety Task Force.
Kelly was apprehended for two separate federal grand jury indictments in Illinois and New York. The R&B singer pleaded not guilty to all 13 charges in U.S. District Court in Chicago. However, a judge ruled he will be held without bond.
According to TMZ, Kelly is hoping to remain in solitary confinement while detained. The entertainment website reports the 52-year-old accused child sex offender believes his life would be in danger if he is placed among the jail's general population.
Kelly is charged with one count of conspiracy to receive child pornography, two counts of receiving child pornography, four counts of producing child pornography, five counts of enticement of a minor to engage in criminal sexual activity, and one count of conspiracy to obstruct justice.
Two of Kelly's former employees, Derrel McDavid and Milton Brown, were also indicted. McDavid, 58, is facing one count of conspiracy to receive child pornography, two counts of receiving child pornography, and one count of conspiracy to obstruct justice. Brown, 53, was charged with one count of conspiracy to receive child pornography.
"This indictment demonstrates our office’s commitment to holding individuals such as Kelly accountable for criminal sexual abuse of minors, protecting the victims of such crimes, and punishing those who obstruct law enforcement investigations,” said John R. Lausch Jr., United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois.
Lausch continued, "I thank the courageous individuals who provided law enforcement with important information related to these allegations, and I encourage others with helpful information to do the same. Together with our law enforcement partners and with the help of victims and other witnesses, we will continue to vigorously investigate and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children."
Kelly was also indicted in the Eastern District of New York for racketeering predicated on criminal conduct including sexual exploitation of children, kidnapping, and forced labor. Additionally, the EDNY U.S. Attorney's Office accused Kelly of Mann Act violations involving coercion and transportation of women and girls in interstate commerce to engage in illegal sexual activity. Kelly was also charged with four counts of violating the Mann Act related to interstate transportation of a victim to New York to engage in illegal sexual activity, and exposure to an infectious venereal disease without the alleged victim's knowledge.
“As alleged, R. Kelly, together with employees and members of his entourage, engaged in a racketeering enterprise that preyed upon women and girls who attended his concerts so that the victims could be available to engage in illegal sexual activity with him at a moment’s notice,” stated Richard Donoghue, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York. “Today that comes to an end. This indictment makes clear that fame and power will not shield anyone from prosecution, particularly predators who victimize vulnerable members of our communities for their own sexual gratification.”
Cook County State's Attorney's Office in Illinois also charged Robert Kelly with 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse. The prosecution, in that case, claims to have video evidence of Kelly engaging in sex acts with a minor. He pleaded not guilty to all charges.
These various interstate investigations and indictments were sparked by Lifetime's highly publicized Surviving R. Kelly program which presented numerous individuals accusing R. Kelly of decades-long sexual, physical, and mental abuse. The Dream Hampton-produced docuseries earned a 2019 Emmy nomination for Outstanding Informational Series or Special.