TMZ has reported that a few of R. Kelly’s associates have been targeted in an alleged sex trafficking ring. Prosecutors at the Northern Illinois U.S. Attorney’s Office allegedly believe that Kelly’s associates aided in his harboring and courtship of underaged women. As a result, they could be subjected to federal charges that are similar to the counts Kelly is facing. 

The office has not formally commented on the alleged investigation. 

As previously reported, Kelly is facing 70 years behind bars for 10 counts of aggravated sexual abuse stemming from an investigation that was conducted by the Cook County State Attorney’s Office.