March 4, 2021

R. Kelly, the singer of "I believe I can fly", arrested for sex trafficking

The American singer R. Kelly, 52, has been arrested by the New York police in Chicago for a crime of sex trafficking. Kelly had gone out to walk his dog at 09:30 hours, when the officers boarded him and proceeded to arrest him.

The interpreter, author of the song "I Believe I Can Fly" that was part of the soundtrack of the movie "Space Jam", faces 10 charges of sexual abuse aggravated by alleged sexual abuse of four women from 1998 to 2010, three of them minors. The US authorities will provide more details about the case during a press conference that will take place this Friday.

Kelly has been linked to accusations of abuse, coercion and inappropriate encounters with girls and very young women for more than two decades. Despite this, the interpreter denied the allegations last February and most of the cases – with the exception of one that ended with his acquittal, have been resolved outside the courts through an agreement between the parties. In 2002, he was charged with 21 counts related to child pornography. He pleaded not guilty and was acquitted of all of them in 2008.

In July of 2017, BuzzFeed published an article describing how Kelly retained a group of women against her will. In January, the launch of a documentary series called "Surviving R. Kelly" on Lifetime helped boost the public campaign against him. In that series, several women claimed that they had been subjected to abusive sex.

In May 2018, "The Washington Post" published that executives in the US music industry had been aware of Kelly's sexual practices for years, but they did nothing to prevent it because of his success as a singer and songwriter.

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