Singer R. Kelly was arrested in Chicago on Thursday (Friday in New Zealand) after being indicted on 13 federal leaders including sex crimes, a spokesman for the prosecutor's office said.
Joseph Fitzpatrick said the R&B singer was taken into custody at 7:00 pm local time (at 12 o'clock New Zealand time) and was held by federal authorities.
He was arrested after a 13-point federal prosecution was issued in the federal court for the northern US statistical district of Illinois.
"The counts include child pornography, a child's enticement and justice obstruction," said Fitzpatrick, adding that further details will be released soon.
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The R & B singer is already facing sex-related positions in the Illinois state involving four women, three of whom were minors when the alleged abuse occurred.
He pleaded not guilty to these charges and was released on bail.