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R. Kelly Arrested In Federal Porn, Obstruction Case

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Federal authorities in Chicago arrested R&B singer R. Kelly on a 13-count indictment alleging child pornography and obstruction of justice, NPR reports. Kelly, who already faces separate sexual assault charges in state court, will now be confronting two possible criminal trials after his Thursday night arrest. For decades, Kelly has been dogged by accusations over sexual contact with minors and child pornography allegations. He was prosecuted by state authorities in a child pornography case before, but he was acquitted i 2008. This is the first time the singer has faced federal charges.

Investigators in New York plan to unveil a separate indictment on Friday against Kelly. Kelly’s attorney, Steve Greenberg said Kelly “was aware of the investigations and the charges were not a surprise.” In recent months, fresh interest has been generated around the longtime accusations against Kelly. An interview Kelly did with Gayle King in March in which he emotionally denied sexual misconduct with underage girls prompted widespread attention. Lifetime’s recent six-episode Surviving R. Kelly documentary included accounts from several women who accused the singer of misconduct. More accusers began publicly telling their stories about alleged abuse and sexual misconduct perpetrated by him.

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