American singer R. Kelly has been arrested on child abuse charges, reported a foreign media outlet in the most recent criminal examination concerning the R&B hotshot hounded by claims of sexual misconduct. The 52-year-old, whose real name is Robert Kelly, was arrested by government agents in Chicago on Thursday night.
Government examiners have issued a 13-count indictment against the singer, which includes charges of enticement of a minor, said US lawyer Joseph Fitzpatrick. Kelly has a long history of abuse allegations, particularly of underage young ladies and was absolved in a child pornography preliminary over 10 years ago.
In 1994 he married his protege Aaliyah, the late R&B star who was 15 at the time. Kelly, at that point was 27, had delivered the young singer introduction album titled Age Ain't Nothing But a Number. Their marriage was later invalidated, and Aaliyah died in a plane crash in 2001. In spite of the cases against him, the musician—known for his musical hits including I Believe I Can Fly—has kept on performing and has maintained a strong fan base. Yet, his fortunes started to dip after the January documentary called Surviving R. Kelly.
The narrative, which affirmed that Kelly was involved with sexual, mental and physical maltreatment of young girls and ladies, led American prosecutors to openly seek out potentially exploited people.
Kelly was accused of several charges, including five lawful offense tallies of criminal rape. He was sent to prison and was later discharged on bail. The crimes were said to have occurred between May 1998 and January 2010, as per examiners.