R. Kelly charged in Brooklyn with racketeering and sexual exploitation of children

R&B legend R. Kelly has been indicted in Brooklyn on racketeering and other charges, according to newly unsealed court documents.

Kelly, 52, is accused in the indictment of sexually exploiting at least five girls and women, identified only as Jane Does, between January 1999 and the present in Illinois, California, and other places.

The women and girls were required to call him “daddy,” according to the indictment, and were not allowed to leave their rooms or eat without permission.

They were also required to perform forced labor, the document says.

The indictment names the musician — real name Robert Sylvester Kelly — as the head of a criminal enterprise whose purposes “were to promote R. Kelly’s music and the R. Kelly brand and to recruit women and girls to engage in illegal sexual activity with Kelly.”

“By promoting R. Kelly’s music and the R. Kelly brand, the members of the Enterprise expected to receive financial opportunities and personal benefits, including increased power and status within the Enterprise,” reads the filing.

Kelly is expected to appear in Chicago federal court Friday, on a new indictment charging sex trafficking and other counts.

This is a developing story. 

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