R Kelly has been arrested in Chicago on federal sex crime charges, a US attorney spokesman has said.
In a short statement, Joseph Fitzpatrick said child pornography, enticement of a minor and obstruction of justice were among the 13 charges against the R&B singer, whose real name is Robert Kelly.
He has vigorously denied the allegations.
The music star, 52, has been the subject of different sexual abuse allegations for almost two decades, some of which date back to 1998.
Kelly already faces state sex-related charges in Illinois involving four women, three of whom were minors when the alleged abuse occurred.
He pleaded not guilty to those charges and was released on bail.
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