R. Kelly has just been taken into federal custody on federal sex trafficking charges after months of investigation by officials in the department of homeland security.
According to NBC News, Kelly was arrested Thursday afternoon in Chicago by NYPD detectives and Homeland Security Investigators on sex trafficking charges.
The charges are contained in a 13-count indictment that was filed in the Northern District of Illinois. The indictment includes charges of child pornography and obstruction of justice.
As we reported, officials had been investigating how Kelly and his associates allegedly bought plane tickets for underage girls and moved them around the country while he was performing.
The investigation had been led by officials with ICE Homeland Security Investigations, which is responsible for investigating crimes of human trafficking, sex trafficking and child exploitation. HSI is the investigative arm of the Department of Homeland Security.
Back in March, multiple interviews were conducted in Georgia after investigators traveled from New York to meet with victims and witnesses.
One of those interviews included Kelly’s ex-stylist, and another involved a brand new accuser who claims she was a victim of sexual abuse while also witnessing sexual abuse of other women.
One of the key parts of the federal investigation was evidence provided by one of the stylist, Kash Howard.
Federal investigators and representatives of the U.S. Attorney’s Office interviewed one of R. Kelly’s ex-employees Wednesday in Atlanta as part of an ongoing case against the singer for possible sex trafficking.
Howard and her attorney, Mawuli Mel Davis, met with investigators back in March from the task force connected to the Department of Homeland Security for two hours at Davis’ office in Georgia.
The questions concerned one of Kelly’s girlfriends, Azriel Clary, who allegedly traveled over state lines to be with the singer while she was a minor.
Our sources say Clary traveled from Palm Springs to Orlando (with a stop in Phoenix) on May 25, 2015, when Clary was still 17.
We’re told the flight was booked by Kelly’s people so the feds wanted to question Howard to see what she knows about it.
We’re told a key group of the witnesses who contributed to the investigation were from the family of girlfriend Joycelyn Savage, who met with the team of investigators and provided information and physical evidence, including plane tickets, text messages and photos.
We’re told the evidence delivered by the Savage family heavily contributed to the federal case built against Kelly.
It’s unclear if New York will also be filing an indictment against Kelly, as he was being investigated in both states.