In 1994, R. Kelly, then 27 years previous, married late singer Aaliyah. Aaliyah was 15. Months later, their marriage was annulled as a consequence of Aaliyah’s standing as a minor. Now, federal prosecutors in Brooklyn have accused Kelly of bribery to be able to marry Aaliyah, The New York Times studies.
According to the Times, Kelly bribed an Illinois authorities worker to be able to procure a faux ID for Aaliyah. The ID reportedly said that Aaliyah was 18 years previous. The new bribery cost has been added to an existing racketeering indictment filed in opposition to Kelly in New York this summer season. The indictment additionally particulars allegations of attractive minors to have interaction in prison sexual exercise, possession of kid pornography, and extra.
Steve Greenberg, Kelly’s lawyer, has beforehand claimed that Aaliyah “had to lie about her age,” and that Kelly had “no idea” she was 15 on the time of the wedding.