R KELLY was arrested last night on suspicion of sex trafficking by New York cops – while still facing sexual abuse charges in Chicago.
The fallen R&B star, 52, was cuffed by NYPD detectives and Homeland Security Investigators, law enforcement officials said.
He was arrested in Chicago and is expected to be brought to New York for questioning, NBC 4 New York reported.
Kelly was last night being held at Cook County jail, his spokesman confirmed.
Further details about his arrest and the case are expected to be announced on Friday.
Kelly has been dogged for decades by allegations that he abused underage girls – and even held some women as slaves.
SEX ABUSE CHARGES
In February the singer, real name Robert Sylvester Kelly, was charged in Chicago with 10 counts of aggravated sexual abuse involving four women.
Three of his alleged victims were underage minors aged 13 to 16 at the time of the supposed crimes.
And in May he was hit with 11 fresh counts of sex assault in Illinois – related to a January 2010 incident.
He has pleaded not guilty – but if convicted, Kelly could face up to 70 years in jail.
Kelly was acquitted of child pornography charges in 2008.
In March, Kelly gave an explosive TV interview to defend himself – during which he needed to be physically restrained.
He yelled “I’m fighting for my f***ing life” during the emotionally charged talk with CBS This Morning host Gayle King.
As Kelly was quizzed on allegations he held young women captive, he sobbed: “I don’t need to – why would I?
“How stupid would that be for R Kelly, with all I’ve been through in my past, to hold somebody.
“Use your common sense.”
He became more agitated and banged on his chest as he exploded: “Stop it, quit playing. I didn’t do this stuff.
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“This is not me. I’m fighting for my f***ing life.”
Asked if he is suggesting his accusers are lying, Kelly replied: “Absolutely. Absolutely. Absolutely.”
He added: “I have been assassinated. I have been buried alive. But I’m alive.”
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