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Calling him a “musician turned predator,” federal officials in Brooklyn and Chicago on Friday unsealed separate indictments against the famed R&B singer R. Kelly charging him with a range of crimes linked to allegedly illegal, exploitative and abusive sexual conduct with women and children.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York released a five-count superseding indictment charging Robert Sylvester Kelly with a two decades-long racketeering enterprise in which, according to the indictment and an associated news release, Kelly and his traveling entourage, from managers and bodyguards to drivers and personal assistants, used Kelly’s fame, power and music to recruit women and girls to engage in illegal sexual activity with him.

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Jason Grant

Jason Grant is a staff writer covering legal stories and cases for the New York Law Journal, the National Law Journal and Law.com, and a former practicing attorney. He's written and reported previously for the New York Times, the Star-Ledger, the L.A. Times and other publications. Contact him at [email protected] On Twitter, pls find him @JasonBarrGrant

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