Department Of Homeland Security Plans to Convene Third Grand Jury in New York Against R. Kelly: Report

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R. Kelly attends the Ovadia & Sons front row during New York Fashion Week: Men's S/S 2016 at Skylight Clarkson Sq on July 14, 2015 in New York City.  

Victims are continuing to come forward, accusing R. Kelly of sexual misconduct allegations. With grand juries already being formed in Chicago and New York, The New Yorker reports (Feb. 21) that the Department of Homeland security has started to compile evidence against Kelly.

The team, which reportedly features about 24 members with a sole focus of examining Kelly's alleged crimes, plans to launch a third grand jury in the Eastern District of New York at some point in the coming weeks. The report goes on to state that the investigation is looking deeper into Kelly's alleged act of illegally transporting underage girls across state lines, which would fall in violation of the Mann Act.

The D.H.S. is also exploring the nature of Kelly's relationship with another girl, which reportedly began at a 2015 Florida concert when she was 17 years old. Her father, Angelo Clary, claims that his daughter is still under the Chicago native's watch as part of his alleged "cult." He and his wife have not seen their daughter for three years; though they have worked with legal authorities ad nauseum, no action has been taken against Kelly. Police conducted a well-being check on Jan. 11 at Chicago's Trump Towers and believe the girls are not being held against their will.

Lawyer Michael Avenatti recently said he unearthed a second sex tape featuring R. Kelly allegedly performing sexual acts with a 14-year-old girl. The tape has been turned over to Chicago prosecutors. A follow-up report from The New Yorker says the prosecution is moving to indict Kelly on sexual misconduct charges. 

Sources have also relayed to TMZ that more than 12 victims have testified before the Chicago grand jury. One of the testimonies featured physical evidence being turned over to authorities.

Billboard has reached out to R. Kelly's legal reps.