R Kelly has been arrested on federal sex crime charges, a spokesman for the US Attorney’s Office 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 was detained and taken into custody in Chicago at around 7pm.
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 – known for hits including I Believe I Can Fly – was found not guilty of child pornography charges in 2008.
In June, he pleaded not guilty to 11 counts of sexual assault and abuse, all said to have taken place against a victim between the ages of 13 and 16 from May 2009 to January 2010.
Kelly could face up to 30 years in prison if convicted on those charges.
In February, the Grammy-winning artist pleaded not guilty to sex-related charges in Illinois involving four women, three of whom were minors when the alleged abuse occurred.
The charges were brought after seven women, including his ex-wife, appeared on a television documentary and accused him of emotional and sexual abuse.
He spent a weekend in jail on those charges before being released on a $100,000 bail.
It is not clear whether the latest charges in Chicago are related to previous cases.
It has also not been revealed where Kelly is being held or when he will appear before a judge, but the department of homeland security has said he is expected to be taken to New York.
Detectives from the department and New York police officers worked together to make the arrest at around 7pm local time on Thursday.