R. Kelly appears in an audition on June 26, 2019 in Chicago.
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R. Kelly now faces a federal racketeering charge for allegedly conducting a criminal "enterprise" to promote his music and "recruit women and girls to engage in illegal sexual activity", according to a recent request for a federal court filing in Brooklyn.
This racket charge is just one of the many aspects that Kelly will have to face in the federal courts of Brooklyn and Chicago after his arrest at the end of Thursday. Brooklyn federal prosecutors hit Kelly with a charge of five counts that, in addition to the racket, included four counts of the Mann Act related to his alleged "interstate transport of a victim in New York to engage in illegal sexual activities, and his her exposure to a contagious venereal disease unbeknownst to her. "(The Mann Act is basically a law that prohibits the transfer of people through state lines for illegal sexual activities).
Meanwhile, in Chicago, Kelly has been accused of five child enticement counts to perform criminal sexual activity, four child pornography production counts, two receptionists of child pornography, a conspiracy count to receive child pornography, and a conspiracy count to obstruct justice – a total of 13 counts.
All these federal charges are added to many state taxes charged to Kelly in Chicago this year. He kept his innocence.
The new charges mean that Kelly, 52, is considering several decades in prison if convicted of federal charges – the racket count alone has a maximum sentence of 20 years.
So what did the feds do to get him into these charges?
To do their racket case, Brooklyn federal prosecutors are using specific requests for misconduct, such as predilection for minors and psychological manipulation – many of which echo previously emerged statements – to support the allegations that Kelly's behavior was an orchestrated enterprise.
Kelly, his managers, bodyguards, pilots, personal assistants, runners and various other hangers-ons had a "common purpose of achieving the goals of the Enterprise" to enhance the music and brand of R .Kelly recruiting women and girls in illicit sexual activities.
Brooklyn federal prosecutors claim that, as part of this, the victimized Kelly women and girls "were not allowed to leave their room without permission … including eating or going to the bathroom" and "were required to wear loose clothing when they were not accompanying Kelly to an event or unless otherwise arranged by Kelly. "
He was not allowed to look at other men and "instead was told to keep his head down"; even more disturbing, "the women and girls had to call Kelly & # 39; Dad & # 39;", states the accusation.
The Brooklyn district attorney's office also states that as part of this venture, Kelly has committed "sexual exploitation of children, abduction, (and) forced labor".
The four counts of the Mann Act relate to allegations that Kelly brought a victim to New York in May 2017 and February 2018 for the purpose of illegal sexual activity and mentions "his exposure to a contagious venous disease without his knowledge". The transmission of Kelly and STI was out there, now it's a significant part of the Brooklyn prosecutors case. In their drive to keep him locked up before the trial, prosecutors also cite a threatening letter that Kelly would send to the woman's lawyer, as proof of the potential danger she poses.
In the Chicago unsealed indictment on Thursday, federal prosecutors claim that Kelly had sexual encounters with five child victims at the end of the 90s, and "registered on video involving sexual contact and sexual acts" with four of them.
The former commercial director of Kelly, Derrel McDavid, and Milton Brown, another criminal, face allegations related to child pornography. McDavid is also accused of trying to hide Kelly's alleged violations. In 2001, after Kelly and McDavid discovered several videos showing Kelly's disappearance with minors, they chased these incriminating tapes and dismissed hundreds of thousands of victims and witnesses to keep them quiet.
Kelly gave money and gifts to a girl, "Minor 1", and her parents, from 2000 to 2015, according to the Chicago prosecution. (In 2008, Kelly was acquitted of 21 counts of child pornography involving this same girl, the status of judicial documents.) Kelly and McDavid also had polygraphs taken by many people to show that they had returned the videotapes after being paid, he said. the court.
Steve Greenberg, Kelly's lawyer, reported commented on Friday that "Mr. Kelly was aware of the investigation and the accusations were not a surprise" and that "he had already assembled a team of exceptional federal judges". Vadim A. Glozman, who represents McDavid, said in a statement: "It is a pity that the revenge against Robert Kelly has now extended to those with whom he maintained a professional relationship. Mr. McDavid denies all charges against he and he does not see the time to have a day in court ".