Federal indictment in New York charges R. Kelly with five counts for alleged illegal sexual activity

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CNN Newsource (localmemphis.com) – R&B singer R. Kelly is facing a five-count indictment in New York, and details of his charges were released Friday. Those federal charges include one count of racketeering and four counts of Mann Act violations.

The Mann Act charges stem from allegedly coercing and transporting women and underage girls across state lines to engage in illegal sexual activity. The crimes allegedly took place from 1999 to now.

The indictment lists five victims — three of which were minors — and states the accusations took place in four states. It details how Kelly would allegedly meet up with the “Jane Does” at hotels — give them rules to follow — and ultimately isolate them from their families.

One woman was even exposed to a sexually transmitted disease without her knowledge, according to the indictment.

The New York indictment isn’t the only legal concern for the 52-year-old. Also on Friday, the northern district of Illinois announced 13 charges against him. Those counts include producing child pornography and enticing a minor into sexual activity. He will be held in Illinois without bond until a hearing next week.

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