Disgraced singer R. Kelly, who was arrested again Thursday night, this time while out walking his dog in Chicago, was hit this week with a new slate of federal charges in New York and Illinois alleging sex crimes, including racketeering and producing child pornography.
In Manhattan, newly unsealed court documents filed in the Eastern District of New York allege the 52-year-old performer as well as members of his entourage pursued women and underage girls to recruit them to have sex with the R&B star.
“The musician-turned-predator allegedly used his stardom to coax some victims into nefarious sex acts while certain members of his enterprise calculatingly facilitated the aberrant conduct,” said Angel Melendez, special agent-in-charge for Homeland Security Investigations, a division of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. “Today’s indictment charging racketeering is a clear indication of the extent of his criminal activity, which involves coercion and kidnapping.”
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