Jul 12, 2019

R. Kelly arrested on federal sex charges

R. Kelly in court last month. Photo: E. Jason Wambsgans/Pool/Getty Images

R&B singer R. Kelly was arrested Thursday and charged with 13 counts of federal sex crimes, including child pornography charges, per the AP.

Details: It's Kelly's second arrest this year on sex charges after Illinois charged him with aggravated sexual abuse in February. Kelly has faced multiple accusations that he sexually abused girls and held women against their will in a "sex cult" — which became the subject of multiple documentaries produced by the BBC, Lifetime, and Hulu.

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R. Kelly charged in Minnesota with solicitation involving girl, 17

Singer R. Kelly leaves court after a hearing in Chicago on June 26. Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images

R. Kelly was charged Monday by a Minnesota prosecutor with engaging in prostitution and solicitation after he was accused of inviting a 17-year-old girl to his hotel room 18 years ago and paid her $200 to dance naked with him.

The big picture: The 52-year-old R&B singer is already facing charges including sexual abuse, child pornography and obstruction of justice in Illinois and New York.

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Mueller witness George Nader charged with sex trafficking

George Nader in 1999. Photo: Ron Sachs/CNP/Getty Images

George Nader, who served as a go-between for President Trump's transition team and Russian and Middle East officials in 2016 and 2017, was charged in a Virginia federal court on Friday with sex trafficking, child pornography and obscenity, as first reported by The Daily Beast.

Why it matters: Today's indictment adds additional child pornography incidents to last month's charges, as well as new counts of sex trafficking and obscenity. From Axios' Zach Basu: Nader was a key witness in special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation and is known to have set up a now-infamous meeting in the Seychelles between Trump associate Erik Prince and a Russian official with close ties to the Kremlin. He has presented himself as close to the United Arab Emirates’ de-facto ruler, Abu Dhabi’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed, and was convicted of transporting child porn 28 years ago. Today's indictment adds additional child pornography to last month's charges, as well as new counts of sex trafficking and obscenity.

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Jeffrey Epstein denied bail in sex trafficking case

Epstein in 2004. Photo: Rick Friedman/Rick Friedman Photography/Corbis via Getty Images

Jeffrey Epstein, a convicted sex offender and former hedge fund investor, was denied bail by a federal judge in New York Thursday and will remain in jail while awaiting trial for sex trafficking charges.

Details: Judge Richard Berman said from the bench that Epstein presents both a flight risk and a danger to the community, which influenced his decision to deny bail, per CNBC.

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