R. Kelly Bribed Official To Marry 15-Year-Old Aaliyah, Government Alleges
Added 12-05-19 10:06:03pm EST - “Federal prosecutors in Brooklyn, N.Y., have added another charge against the R&B singer: that in 1994, he paid an Illinois official to make a fake ID that claimed that Aaliyah was 18 years old.” - Npr.org
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The late R&B singer Aaliyah, posing backstage at New York's Madison Square Garden in 1995. Catherine McGann/Getty Images hide caption
When people talk about a quarter century of allegations against R&B singer R. Kelly, they usually point to one starting point: his relationship with his teenage protégée, the late singer Aaliyah. He mentored the burgeoning artist and produced her debut album, the coyly titled Age Ain't Nothing But A Number. He was 27 years old; she was just 15.
And then, on Aug. 31, 1994, Kelly married Aaliyah Haughton — with an official Illinois wedding certificate that stated that she was 18.
Now, 25 years later, federal prosecutors in the Eastern District of New York have filed a new charge against Kelly: that on the day before his wedding to Aaliyah, Kelly and others in his circle bribed a public official in Illinois to create a fake ID for "Jane Doe #1."
The new charge is an addition to a sweeping set of federal indictments filed against Kelly in July by prosecutors in New York and Illinois. Prosecutors have accused the singer of abusing women and girls for more than two decades, including kidnapping, forced labor and sending child pornography across state lines.
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