R. Kelly, already facing child pornography charges in Illinois, was arrested today (Jan. 22) in Florida on additional similar charges after investigators said they found 12 photographs of a nude girl

R. Kelly, already facing child pornography charges in Illinois, was arrested today (Jan. 22) in Florida on additional similar charges after investigators said they found 12 photographs of a nude girl at the R&B singer's home Kelly, whose first name is Robert, was arrested without incident at a Miami-Dade County hotel. He was being held at the county jail. Bond was set at $12,000.

A statement issued by Kelly's representative, Allan Mayer, called the arrest "a classic case of piling on, in which a local jurisdiction tries to make headlines by attaching itself to a celebrity case. As far as we can tell, the charges all relate to R. Kelly's arrest last summer. In other words, there is nothing new here," he said in a statement.

The artist has been out on bond and awaiting trial on 21 counts of child pornography in Chicago. Those charges stem from a videotape authorities say shows him having sex with a 13-year-old girl. Kelly, 36, has denied that charge.

Col. Grady Judd of the Polk County Sheriff's Office said the latest charges were filed after pornographic digital images were found stored in Kelly's camera equipment. It had been seized during a search last June 6 in his rented Davenport, Fla., home after the singer was arrested there on the Illinois warrant. "In three of the photos he is engaged in sexual conduct with a minor," Judd said.

Judd would not say whether the unidentified minor in the photos was the same girl in the video made in Chicago, where Kelly lives. Police were still trying to determine where the pictures were taken before considering any additional charges, Judd said. He said it took seven months to issue the Polk County warrant because the State Attorney's Office needed time to investigate.

The Illinois investigation began after the Chicago Sun-Times reported last February that it had received the videotape anonymously and passed it along to Chicago police.

Kelly also has been the focus of at least four lawsuits, three of which accuse him of having sex with underage girls. He has acknowledged settling two of the lawsuits regarding underage sex, but his lawyers have said they will fight the third.

Kelly's new Jive album, "Chocolate Factory," has been bumped to a Feb. 18 release from its original January street date. The artist is nominated for a best male R&B vocal performance Grammy for the song "The World's Greatest," from the soundtrack to the film "Ali" (Interscope).


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