CHICAGO (Reuters) – Singer R. Kelly, already charged with sexual assault in Illinois, was indicted in federal courts in New York and Chicago on Friday with transporting girls and women throughout state strains for intercourse, forcibly retaining them below his management and shopping for their silence.
In indictments unsealed in Brooklyn and Chicago, federal prosecutors stated Kelly, 52, ran a racketeering and human trafficking scheme that required the ladies and women to be obedient, name him “Daddy” and ask permission to eat or use the toilet.
“The needs of the enterprise have been to advertise R. Kelly’s music and the R. Kelly model and to recruit girls and women to have interaction in unlawful sexual exercise with Kelly,” prosecutors stated within the Brooklyn indictment.
Kelly, who was free on bond within the Illinois state case, was taken into custody once more by New York Metropolis police detectives and federal brokers on Thursday night as he walked his canine in Chicago his lawyer, Steve Greenberg, stated.
The R&B singer made a short courtroom look in U.S. District Courtroom in Chicago on Friday and was ordered again on Monday for additional proceedings. Kelly, who was handcuffed and carrying orange jail garb, spoke solely to answer “sure, your honour” to the Justice of the Peace choose.
Brooklyn prosecutors urged in a courtroom submitting that Kelly be held with out bond on the federal costs whereas they search to have him despatched to New York for a listening to that has but to be scheduled.
Greenberg stated in a press release posted to Twitter that the federal costs principally stem from conduct that’s “a long time previous” and already a part of the state case or earlier allegations that Kelly had been acquitted of.
“He and his attorneys stay up for his day in courtroom, to the reality popping out and to his vindication from what has been an unprecedented assault by others for their very own private acquire,” he stated.
KIDNAPPING, PORNOGRAPHY CHARGES
The five-count Brooklyn racketeering indictment consists of a number of allegations going again to 1999, together with sexual exploitation of a kid, kidnapping and compelled labour.
Beneath the alleged scheme, Kelly and his entourage would invite girls and women backstage after live shows, isolate them from family and friends, and make them depending on him for his or her monetary well-being.
Chicago prosecutors charged of their 13-count indictment that Kelly had sexual contact with 5 minors, recorded movies of a few of them and paid them off to purchase their silence.
Prosecutors stated Kelly paid an unidentified particular person $170,000 to cancel a information convention by which that particular person deliberate to announce he had tapes of Kelly partaking in sexual exercise with minors.
Kelly “used bodily abuse, violence, threats of violence, blackmail and different controlling behaviours in opposition to victims in order that Kelly may keep management over them, forestall them from offering proof to legislation enforcement, and persuade them to proceed to abide by prior false statements,” the indictment stated.
The Chicago indictment additionally costs two of Kelly’s former workers, Derrel McDavid, 58, and Milton “June” Brown, 53 with obstructing the investigation. Kelly, McDavid and Brown are additionally accused of conspiring to obtain little one pornography mailed throughout state strains.
McDavid, who surrendered voluntarily to authorities, appeared briefly at a listening to in U.S. District Courtroom in Chicago on Friday.
Final month, Kelly pleaded not responsible to 11 new state felony counts of sexual assault and abuse at a Prepare dinner County, Illinois, courtroom listening to, after prosecutors expanded an indictment in opposition to him.
He has denied abuse accusations for many years.
The Prepare dinner County costs contain alleged abuse of a sufferer between the ages of 13 and 16 that prosecutors stated came about between Might 2009 and January 2010. In February, Kelly pleaded not responsible to costs that he sexually assaulted three teenage women and a fourth lady.
The Grammy-Award profitable singer, recognized for such hits as “I Imagine I Can Fly” and “Bump N’ Grind,” spent a weekend in jail on the intercourse costs earlier than being launched on $100,000 bail on Feb. 25.
Extra reporting by Brendan Pierson in New York; Writing by Peter Szekely and Dan Whitcomb; Enhancing by Bernadette Baum and Jonathan Oatis