Here’s How the Feds Got R. Kelly


R. Kelly appears at a hearing on June 26, 2019, in Chicago.

R. Kelly now faces a federal racketeering charge for allegedly leading a criminal “enterprise” to promote his music and “recruit women and girls to engage in illegal sexual activity,” according to a newly unsealed Brooklyn federal court filing.


This racketeering charge is just one of many counts Kelly will face in Brooklyn and Chicago federal courts following his arrest late Thursday. Federal prosecutors in Brooklyn hit Kelly with a five-count indictment which, in addition to racketeering, includes four Mann Act counts related to his alleged “interstate transportation of a victim to New York to engage in illegal sexual activity, and his exposure of her to an infectious venereal disease without her knowledge.” (The Mann Act is basically a law that prohibits shuttling people across state lines for illegal sexual activity.)


Meanwhile, in Chicago, Kelly was charged with five counts of enticement of a minor to engage in criminal sexual activity, four counts of