Published: Sat, December 07, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

R Kelly charged with paying bribe before marrying Aaliyah

R Kelly charged with paying bribe before marrying Aaliyah

"(R. Kelly) said: "'Man, we got Aaliyah in trouble, '" he stated during a talk for Surviving R. Kelly. Aaliyah is not mentioned by name in the new documents filed by prosecutors, but the Associated Press and others have confirmed that the late performer is the "Jane Doe" referred to as having been given a "fraudulent identification document" for the IL wedding.

A new criminal charge is being brought against R. Kelly for allegedly bribing a public official in 1994 to obtain a fake order to marry his then-15-year-old girlfriend Aaliyah.

Per legal documents obtained by ET, federal prosecutors in Brooklyn are accusing the Ignition (Remix) rapper of paying off a government employee in IL for the identification card which listed the songstress' age as 18.

Prosecutors have obtained marriage and annulment records for Kelly and Aaliyah.

Kelly wrote and produced Age Ain't Nothing But A Number, the 1994 debut album of R&B singer Aaliyah, seen here attending a July 2001 film premiere in NY a month before her death. She died in a plane crash in 2001.

Aaliyah met Kelly when she was 12 years old.

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This comes after Kelly was charged over the summer in a racketeering scheme to sexually abuse girls.

For years, Kelly's marriage to Aaliyah has been a terribly kept secret. TMZ obtained federal documents, which showed that R. Kelly and his associates brided an IL government official to get his hands on "fraudulent identification document" for Aaliyah. It amplifies an existing racketeering indictment filed against Kelly that accuses him of sexually exploiting underage girls and coercing them into participating in illegal sexual activities.

And, Kelly's other attorney, Doug Anton, claims "the charge is ridiculous and it smacks of the same desperation as the entire case". The marriage became annulled months later when her real age was discovered. He has pleaded not guilty.

In July, in federal court in Chicago, the Bump N' Grind singer was indicted on charges of child pornography and obstruction of justice, with prosecutors accusing him of paying off potential witnesses in his 2008 trial to get them to change their story.

This is just one of many charges laid against Kelly this year.

In addition to the two federal cases, Kelly is facing charges from state prosecutors in IL and Minnesota. He went on to produce her debut album, coyly titled Age Ain't Nothing But A Number.

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