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R. Kelly now facing bribery charge over fake ID to wed Aaliyah

Disgraced R&B famous person R. Kelly is facing a bribery charge for allegedly paying off a public official greater than twenty years in the past so he might marry singer Aaliyah when she was 15 and he was 27, in accordance to a brand new indictment unsealed Thursday.

Federal prosecutors in New York’s Japanese District accused the “I Consider I Can Fly” singer of bribing an unnamed authorities worker in Illinois on Aug. 30, 1994, so as to get hold of a phony identification doc for “Jane Doe 1.”

Jane Doe 1 is Aaliyah, in accordance to an individual acquainted with the case.

R. Kelly’s former supervisor Demetriuis Smith revealed within the docuseries “Surviving R. Kelly” that he bought a fake ID for the younger singer to facilitate their marriage.

Aaliyah — actual title Aaliyah Haughton — was 15 and Kelly was 27 on the time of their marriage, which is extensively reported as having occurred on Aug. 31, 1994.

The wedding ended a couple of days after they wed, when {the teenager} advised her mother and father about it they usually pressured her to get it expunged, the Washington Submit reported.

In an look on ABC’s “Good Morning America” in January, Kelly’s lawyer Steven Greenberg mentioned the singer was unaware of Aaliyah’s age when the 2 wed.

“My understanding is that she didn’t declare to be 15, and so as to get married, she had to lie about her age,” Greenberg mentioned.

Kelly is facing 4 separate instances in three completely different states on prices that embody kidnapping, pressured labor, possession of kid pornography, participating in prostitution with a minor, and transferring ladies throughout state strains for intercourse.

He’s been imprisoned in Chicago’s Metropolitan Correctional Heart since he was arrested on the costs in July.

In September, federal prosecutors in Illinois cited his marriage to Aaliyah to argue he’s an “intentional and prolific” abuser of underage ladies who must be stored behind bars earlier than his trial within the state.

“[Kelly] even married a 15-year-old lady when he was 27 years outdated,” the prosecutors wrote to a decide within the Northern District of Illinois. “The federal government produced in discovery to the defendant the official marriage software, marriage certificates, and annulment information for this marriage. Removed from being a one-time mistake, defendant’s sexual abuse of minors was intentional and prolific.”

Kelly met Aaliyah within the early 1990s and produced her debut album “Age Ain’t Nothing However A Quantity” in 1994. He’s repeatedly refused to talk about his marriage to the underage singer.

Aaliyah, who was born in Brooklyn, additionally refused to touch upon their union earlier than her premature dying in a Bahamas airplane crash in 2001.

Greenberg mentioned he would evaluation Thursday’s new indictment in higher element, however “at first look it doesn’t seem to materially alter the panorama” of his shopper’s case.

“We proceed to look ahead to the day he’s free,” Greenberg added.

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