R Kelly has been arrested in Chicago on Thursday night
According to CNN, R Kelly was arrested while walking his dog and has been charged with sex trafficking in New York.
His arrest comes after a 13-count indictment in the Northern District of Illinois that includes child pornography and obstruction of justice charges. For over 20 years, R Kelly has faced accusations of abuse, manipulations and inappropriate encounters with girls and young women.
In February, he was charged with 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse involving four alleged victims, with three of them being underage girls. Kelly had pleaded not guilty.
In late May, a grand jury had indicted him on 11 more charges pertaining to one of the four accusers, including aggravated criminal sexual assault, a Class X felony; and criminal sexual assault, a Class 1 felony and according to Illinois law, a person convicted of Class X felonies can get up to 30 years in prison.
Until Thursday, R Kelly was free on a $1 million bond set in February. The New York Police Department, Homeland Security Investigation and other federal partners assisted in the arrest.
R Kelly’s attorney, Steve Greenberg, confirmed that the singer was arrested but declined further comments.