Headlines of R Kelly arrested in Chicago on federal sex crime charges, have been confirmed by two law enforcement sources Thursday night.
New York police detectives and investigators from the Department of Homeland Security is expected to be waiting for R Kelly in New York, the sources said. Further details are under way for announcement on Friday.
Homeland Security’s investigations division and New York police have not commented. Calls to the U.S. attorney in Brooklyn, New York, weren’t immediately returned to reporters.
According to reports, attempts to contact a spokesman for Kelly weren’t immediately successful. Drea Kelly, the singer’s ex-wife, had no comment, her representative said.
Kelly has been the subject of sexual abuse allegations for nearly two decades, some of them alleging acts as far back as 1998. He has vigorously denied the allegations.
Kelly was charged in Illinois in February with aggravated sexual abuse involving four women, three of whom were minors when the alleged abuse occurred. He pleaded not guilty.
Then, in May, he was charged with 11 more counts of sexual assault and sex abuse, according to court documents.
Allegations of sexual misconduct against Kelly gained renewed interest following the release in January of a six-part Lifetime documentary series, “Surviving R. Kelly,” which detailed a number of women’s claims that they were sexually, physically and mentally abused. Kelly denied all of those accusations.