R. Kelly’s arrest in Chicago by the NYPD & Homeland Security on federal sex-crime charges was initiated after a Homeland Security Investigations agent watched the docu-series Surviving R. Kelly — and decided to investigate, according to Page Six.
The outlet specifically states,
“It was an agent on our trafficking unit who was watching that Lifetime show, ‘Surviving R. Kelly,’” said the source at Homeland Security Investigations, the federal agency’s investigative arm.
“They were looking at the victims’ interviews,” and realized that “this is so much bigger than [what] he has previously been charged with,” the source said, adding that the probe was launched in January [of 2019].
“It was just from watching these interviews in this documentary,” according to the source, who said that agents then traveled to interview the alleged victims.
The five-count superseding indictment (which we'll link below) unsealed in 18 pages of court documents accuses Kelly and others from his entourage of recruiting girls and women to "engage in illegal sexual activity with the singer.
The indictment also alleges Kelly and his managers, bodyguards and other assistants selected women and girls at concerts and other venues and would arrange for them to travel to see Kelly. They also established rules the females had to follow, including not leaving their rooms. The indicmentment further alleges they could not eat or go to the bathroom without Kelly's permission, calling the singer "Daddy," and not looking at other men. R. Kelly is the only individual named in the indictment.
The indictment further states that the criminal acts occurred over two decades dating back to 1999, both in the U.S. and abroad. Kelly is accused of engaging in sexual acts with girls under 18 and without disclosing that he had a sexually transmitted disease, and is accused of producing child pornography, including by asking minors to send him photographs.
Kelly's attorney, Steve Greenberg, however did not seem surprised and expect his client to be released early next week after a hearing. Greenberg put out the following statement early this morning (7/12) following Kelly's arrest, stating,
"As has been reported, Robert Kelly was arrested by federal agents last night while walking his dog. The agents were courteous and professional, as was Mr. Kelly. The charges arose from alleged conduct in the Northern District of Illinois as well as the Eastern District of New York. The conduct alleged appears to largely be the same as the conduct previously alleged against Mr. Kelly in his current State indictment and his former State charges that he was acquitted of. Most, if not all of the conduct alleged, is decades old.
"Mr. Kelly was aware of the investigations and the charges were not a surprise. He had already assembled a team of outstanding federal litigators. He and his lawyers look forward to his day in court, to the truth coming out and to the vindication from what has been an unprecedented assault by others for their own personal gain. Most importantly he looks forward to being able to continue making wonderful music and perform for his legions of fans that believe in him.
A bail hearing will be held early next week, at which time Mr. Kelly hopes to be released from custody.
There will be no further comment at this time."