R kelly (source: GQ)

New York police detectives have arrested American singer Robert Sylvester, better known as R Kelly, over child pornography and federal sex trafficking charges.

According to law enforcement, the singer was arrested by the detectives from the department of Homeland security in Chicago on Thursday.

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Confirming the arrest in a statement (via New York Times), the spokesperson for the US Attorney’s Office of the Northern District of Illinois, Joseph D. Fitzpatrick said 52-year-old R kelly was arrested on a 13-count indictment.

Fitzpatrick said: ‘The indictment includes charges of child pornography, enticement of a minor, and obstruction of justice.’

Recall that Kelly previously appeared in court in Chicago back 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.

The singer was charged with 5 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse, 4 counts of aggravated criminal sexual assault and 2 counts of criminal sexual assault.