CRIME REPORT 07/16/2019 6:14 pm ET
B.A.W.N (Chicago) — On Tuesday in a Chicago federal court, U.S. District Harry Leinenweber ordered Robert “R.” Kelly to be held without bond in relation to federal charges on sex crimes involving children as well as an alleged obstruction of justice, ABC Chicago reports.
The charges stem from Kelly allegedly paying hundreds of thousands of dollars for child-sex tapes and pressuring witnesses to amend their stories preceding his 2008 child pornography trial, per the Chicago Tribune. Kelly pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Angel Krull argued against allowing Kelly out on bond, describing him as a flight risk and “an extreme danger to the community, especially to minor girls,” according to the Associated Press and the Chicago Sun-Times.
The 52-year-old was arrested by Homeland Security Investigation agents and NYPD Public Safety Task Force, officials told News 4, and it is expected he will be brought to New York.
A 13-count indictment was handed down earlier Thursday in federal court for the Northern District of Illinois and includes charges of child pornography, enticement of a minor and obstruction of justice, U.S. attorney spokesman Joseph Fitzpatrick told The Associated Press.
Spokespeople from the NYPD and Homeland Security Investigations declined to comment on the arrest. Calls to the U.S. attorney in Brooklyn were not immediately returned.
There are separate federal indictments filed in both Chicago and Brooklyn, according to a senior law enforcement official, and a court appearance in Chicago could come later Friday.
As such, Kelly will be held in New York, where he is facing a separate indictment in connection with racketeering sex trafficking underage girls across the U.S.
As the Chicago Tribune reports:
The dual indictments are the most serious blows yet to the onetime superstar, who was arrested in downtown Chicago late Thursday as he walked his dog near his residence at Trump Tower.
The Chicago indictment alleged that Kelly paid his former manager, Derrel McDavid, and a former employee, Milton “June” Brown, to help him cover up his sexual transgressions. Both were also charged, but it is the New York case that now casts the biggest shadow on Kelly’s future Including record sales and performances.
That indictment, unsealed at the federal courthouse in Brooklyn, alleges a racketeering conspiracy in which Kelly and his associates recruited women and underage girls for illegal sexual contact with the singer, then isolated them and threatened them to keep them under his control.
While Kelly’s attorney Steven Greenberg argued his client didn’t pose any danger to the public during the Tuesday hearing, federal prosecutors dubbed the 52-year-old singer as an “extreme danger,” noting they have three videos that show the “sadomasochistic abuse” of a 14-year-old girl.
Kelly’s girlfriends, Joycelyn Savage and Azriel Clary, reportedly appeared at the hearing, according to CBS News Correspondent Adriana Diaz.
Many on-watchers are asking-Is this the juncture that wheels appear to be turning against Mr.Kelly much to the dismay of any thousands of hold on fans around the would who believe the singer is being maliciously persecuted. (BAWN)
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