Already facing sexual abuse charges brought by Illinois prosecutors, singer R. Kelly was arrested this week in Chicago on a sweeping federal indictment that accuses him and members of his entourage of recruiting women and girls to engage in illegal sexual activity with the performer.
The indictment that originated in the Eastern District of New York includes charges of racketeering, kidnapping, forced labor and the sexual exploitation of a child. In detail, it says the Chicago native and his managers, bodyguards and other various assistants picked out women and girls at concerts and other venues and arranged for them to travel to see Kelly. They also allegedly set rules the women and girls had to follow, including not leaving their rooms, among other limitations.
This movement on the singer claims that criminal acts occurred over two decades dating back to 1999, both in the United States and overseas. It accuses Robert Kelly of engaging in sexual acts with girls under 18 years of age and without disclosing that he had a sexually transmitted disease. Furthermore, he’s accused of producing child pornography and also asking minors to send him photographs. The latest charges adds to the pile of steadily growing accusations and charges against the successful, former RCA Records singer/songwriter, sparked by the Surviving R. Kelly docuseries.