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R. Kelly Used Bribe to Marry Aaliyah When She Was 15, Charges Say


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Aaliyah, right, was tragically killed in a plane crash when she was just 22. She allegedly married R Kelly, left, when she was just 15Credit: AP:Associated Press

On Thursday, federal prosecutors in Brooklyn accused Mr. Kelly of bribing an Illinois government employee on Aug. 30, 1994, in order to obtain a fake ID for Aaliyah, according to the indictment and a person familiar with the matter.

The fake ID was to be used to obtain a marriage license that listed her age as 18, the person familiar with the matter said. Their marriage was later annulled.

The 52-year-old singer, who is being held without bond, is scheduled to stand trial in federal court in Chicago in April on child pornography and obstruction of justice charges before facing trial in Brooklyn.


The RnB singer has repeatedly denied all allegations – and his attorney Douglas Anton called the latest charge “ridiculous and absurd”.

The US Attorney’s office declined to comment about who the fake ID was meant for, and the indictment didn’t mention the wedding.

But a source familiar with the investigation confirmed the “Jane Doe” mentioned in the indictment was Aaliyah.

It also didn’t identify the person who was allegedly paid the bribe in order to get the fake ID – except to say that the person was a public employee.


Kelly, then 27, and Aaliyah are said to have married in a secret ceremony at a Chicago hotel a day after obtaining the fake ID.


However, both Kelly and Aaliyah always denied the marriage even took place – and insisted their relationship was never more than friends.

In the past, Kelly’s representatives also denied that he knew Aaliyah was 15 at the time they were apparently married.

But footage emerged earlier this year appearing to prove that R Kelly DID know Aaliyah’s age – 14 months before their alleged wedding.

The video shows the young starlet in a recording studio being produced by Kelly, who references her age in a voice-over.




This was said to have been filmed just months before he married her when she was aged 15 – despite his lawyer claiming he never knew her real age when they wed, TMZ reports.

In the 1994 video, Kelly is heard saying: “Right now I’m producing a very talented lady – a young lady. She’s 14, Aaliyah.”

The singers had been introduced to each other three years previously by Aaliyah’s uncle.

The alleged marriage was apparently annulled in February 1995 at the request of the teen’s family.

In the 2019 documentary Surviving R Kelly, his backing singer Jovante Cunningham claims that she saw the star having sex with a then 15-year-0ld Aaliyah on a tour bus in 1994.


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