Accusations of sexual misconduct have swirled around Kelly for years, and he was already facing sexual abuse charges brought by prosecutors in the state of Illinois in February. Gerald Griggs, representing the family of one of Kelly's alleged victims, told TMZ that the tapes depicted multiple victims and that prosecutors had confirmed with witnesses that the girls were underage. He added the tapes were exactly what was needed to secure indictments for sex crimes, including child pornography. Kelly was arrested on Thursday evening while walking his dog in Chicago and appeared before a judge on Friday.
R Kelly’s former friends and employees ‘turn over 20 videos of him having sex with underage girls’
R Kelly was arrested on child pornography and federal sex trafficking charges after former enablers and ex-employees allegedly turned on him. The singer was arrested by New York police detectives from the department of Homeland Security on Thursday after it is thought some 20 videos of Kelly having sex with underage girls were handed to law enforcement. Joseph D. Kelly previously appeared in court in Chicago in June, where he pleaded not guilty to 11 counts of sexual assault which were brought against him on 30 May following documentary Surviving R Kelly. The documentary series featured various women who accused Kelly of abuse, with these charges stemming from claims by Jerhonda Pace.
Jeffrey Epstein compared having sex with teenage girls to homosexuality in one of the final interviews before his death earlier this month. In a story this week in The New York Times , journalist James Stewart revealed he interviewed Epstein on August 16, , almost one year exactly before he was found dead in his jail cell after being charged with sex trafficking of minors in New York and Florida. At the time he spoke with Stewart, Epstein was rumored to be serving as an advisor to Tesla founder Elon Musk, who was in hot water with the SEC for a tweet that could have manipulated the company's stock price. Epstein agreed to meet with Stewart on background, but after the year-old financier's death, the condition of his anonymity was no longer valid.