CHICAGO — Singer R. Kelly is facing more legal woes after being arrested Thursday night in Chicago on federal sex crime charges. The Chicago native was reportedly arrested by Homeland Security agents and New York Police Department public safety officers and is expected to be brought to New York to face the new charges.
Kelly, 52, is already facing a legal battle after being charged in February with 10 counts of aggravated sexual abuse. Eleven additional charges were filed against the singer May 30 in Chicago.
Kelly is now 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.
The U.S. attorney's office said Kelly is accused of engaging in sex acts with five minors and recording some of the abuse on multiple videos, along with “conspiring to intimidate victims and conceal evidence in an effort to obstruct law enforcement, including an investigation in the 2000s that resulted in his trial in 2008 in Cook County on state child pornography charges.”
Kelly is scheduled to appear at 1 p.m. Tuesday at an arraignment and detention hearing before U.S. District Judge Harry D. Leinenweber.
Two former employees of Kelly also face charges:
Derrel McDavid, 58, of Chicago, is charged with one count of conspiracy to receive child pornography, two counts of receiving child pornography and one count of conspiracy to obstruct justice
Milton Brown, aka June Brown, 53, of Chicago, is charged with one count of conspiracy to receive child pornography
McDavid was scheduled to make an initial court appearance Magistrate Judge Young B. Kim at 11 a.m. Friday in Chicago, while Brown is scheduled to make an initial appearance before Kim on July 19, 2019.
Kelly faces separate federal indictments in Illinois and Brooklyn that were unsealed Friday morning. He was scheduled to be arraigned in Chicago on Friday and brought to Brooklyn at a later date for an arraignment on the five-count indictment there. Allegations in the indictment date back as far as 1999 and as recently as 2017.
The indictment alleges that the purpose of Kelly's entourage, referred to as “The Enterprise,” was in part to “recruit women and girls to engage in illegal sexual activity with Kelly” throughout the U.S. and abroad. The documents claim that women and girls recruited by the Enterprise were given wristbands to wear at events and that members of the Enterprise were there in part “to manage the flow of women and girls who were directly interacting with Kelly, “including transporting minors across state lines for the purpose of sexual activity.
The indictment alleges Kelly and the Enterprise forced an individual referred to as Jane Doe #2 “to go from one place to another with intent secretly to confine her against her will.”
Kelly is also accused of obtaining labor and services from Jane Does #3 and #5 “by means of force, threats of force, physical restraint and threats of physical restraint … by means of serious harm and threats of serious harm.”
Kelly and his entourage are also accused of producing child pornography and “committing, attempting and aiding and abetting the commission of crimes, including but not limited to engaging in sexual activity with girls under 18 years old.” The indictment also alleges Kelly and the Enterprise facilitated sexual activity between Kelly and the girls and women without disclosing a sexually transmitted disease the singer had contracted.
Enterprise members are accused of recruiting and grooming sexual partners for Kelly and isolating women and girls from their friends and family.