CHICAGO (AP) – R&B singer R. Kelly faces charges in Chicago federal court accusing him of child sex crimes, child pornography and conspiracy to defraud the U.S. government.
The 13-count indictment filed Friday morning in U.S. District Court also names Kelly’s business manager and another employee. It was released the same day federal prosecutors in New York charged Kelly with racketeering other sex-related crimes.
The Illinois federal indictment details efforts to cover up sexually explicit videos of Kelly with underage girls. Prosecutors say the defendants paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to victims and witnesses to make sure they wouldn’t cooperate with law enforcement.
It also accuses Kelly of using physical abuse, violence and blackmail to prevent victims from providing evidence to law enforcement.
Kelly’s attorney has said the charges aren’t a surprise and that Kelly hopes to be released at a bail hearing next week.
The singer has denied wrongdoing.