R Kelly hit with new charges in NYC

Brenda Watkins
December 6, 2019

The new Brooklyn federal court papers accuse the R&B star of bribing a public official in IL on August 30, 1994 in order to obtain a phony identification document for "Jane Doe 1".

According to the Times, that falsified ID allowed Kelly and Aaliyah to get a marriage license.

A new indictment filed Thursday by federal prosecutors in NY alleges that R&B star R. Kelly bribed an IL official to make a fake ID one day before he secretly married 15-year-old singer Aaliyah.

Aaliyah, whose full name was Aaliyah Dana Haughton, worked with R. Kelly on her debut album "Age Ain't Nothing but a Number".

Kelly continues to deny all allegations, which now include 19 federal charges and numerous separate sexual assault charges in IL, as well as multiple ongoing civil lawsuits.

Aaliyah, pictured here at the MTV Movie Awards at Sony Studios on June 3, 2000 in Culver City, Calif., died in a plane crash at 2001 at age 22.

Law enforcement scrutiny of Kelly intensified after several women spoke publicly in a six-part Lifetime documentary, Surviving R. Kelly, which was released in January.

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"(He) mentioned to me that: "'I think she's pregnant'".

Aaliyah met Kelly when she was 12 years old. "But I can tell you", he added, "I loved her, I can tell you she loved me, we was very close".

In a recent interview on Good Morning America, Kelly's lawyer, Steven Greenberg, claimed that Kelly actually had "no idea" that Aaliyah was just 15 when they married. "He was married to her when she was 15".

"But my understanding", Greenberg continued, "is that she [Aaliyah] did not claim to be 15".

R. Kelly's attorneys have long maintained he was unaware of Aaliyah's age when they married. The allegation has been added to the existing racketeering charge filed against Kelly in NY that accuses him of sexually exploiting underage girls.

Kelly has been held without bond and 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.

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