Before the federal indictments he was already facing 18 counts of sexual assault and abuse on the IL charges, brought in Cook County Circuit Court.
In 2017, IL passed a bill that eliminated the statutes of limitations for all felony criminal sexual assault and sexual abuse crimes against children. Kelly is reportedly being held at Chicago's Cook County Jail.
Both the U.S. Attorney for Northern District of IL and the Southern District of NY are reportedly involved in the case.
We previously reported that there were multiple investigations in both IL and NY by both state and federal agents who were reportedly looking into Kelly's ties to sex trafficking. The state attorney's office for Chicago - led by the controversial Kim Foxx, the same woman who let Jussie Smollett off the hook - filed indictments totaling 21 charges after a Lifetime documentary about Kelly's predatory behavior and lack of consequences thereof embarrassed law enforcement. Kelly has pleaded not guilty to all charges in all current cases against him.
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She also posed with drag king Murray Hill, who called her "a future president" and said she "brought hope to the room". All four voted against the bill because it did not include stronger protections for migrant children in shelters.
The 52-year-old, whose legal name is Robert Kelly, was taken into custody by federal agents in Chicago late Thursday, the newspaper said.
Kelly has been arrested on federal child pornography and obstruction of justice charges.
They surfaced shortly after a riveting docu-series called "Surviving R. Kelly", which includes testimony of physical and sexual abuse by the star from several women. He was prosecuted by state authorities in a child pornography case before, but in June 2008, Kelly was acquitted of all charges, allowing him to walk a free man. He was arrested by New York Police Department detectives and investigators from the Department of Homeland Security, NBC News reported. He pleaded not guilty to those charges and was released on bail.
In March he broke his silence in an explosive interview with Good Morning America co-host Gayle King where he continued to deny the accusations.