R. Kelly charged with bribery over fake ID for underage wife Aaliyah – Daily Mail

R .Kelly has been charged with bribery over claims he illegally obtained a fake ID for his underage girlfriend, Aaliyah, so he could marry her in 1994. 

Federal prosecutors in Brooklyn brought the charge against the embattled rapper, 52, on Thursday, adding to an already long list of indictments he is facing in multiple states. 

According to The New York Times,  Kelly is accused of bribing an Illinois government employee in order to obtain the ID for 15-year-old Aaliyah, which was later used for a marriage license that listed her age as 18. 

R .Kelly has been charged with bribery over claims he illegally obtained a fake ID for his underage girlfriend, Aaliyah, so he could marry her in 1994. The couple is pictured that same year

R .Kelly has been charged with bribery over claims he illegally obtained a fake ID for his underage girlfriend, Aaliyah, so he could marry her in 1994. The couple is pictured that same year

R .Kelly has been charged with bribery over claims he illegally obtained a fake ID for his underage girlfriend, Aaliyah, so he could marry her in 1994. The couple is pictured that same year

The bribery charge is the latest blow for Kelly, who already has four indictments against him. He is pictured outside court in June

The bribery charge is the latest blow for Kelly, who already has four indictments against him. He is pictured outside court in June

The bribery charge is the latest blow for Kelly, who already has four indictments against him. He is pictured outside court in June

Aaliyah – a famous pop star in her own right who died in a plane crash in 2001 – wed Kelly, who was then age 27, on August 31, 1994, in Rosemount, Illinois according to a marriage license seen by journalists at Vibe magazine. 

Aaliyah is pictured at age 15 back in 1994. The world-famous musician died in a plane crash in 2001

Aaliyah is pictured at age 15 back in 1994. The world-famous musician died in a plane crash in 2001

Aaliyah is pictured at age 15 back in 1994. The world-famous musician died in a plane crash in 2001

Aaliyah, who released the album Age Ain’t Nothing But A Number, just three months before she illegally wed Kelly, did not tell her parents about the union. 

The marriage was annulled by her parents the following year.  

Kelly’s lawyer, Steven Greenberg, said earlier this year that his client had ‘no idea’ Aaliyah was underage at the time of their marriage 

The statement contradicts claims made by Kelly’s former tour manager, Demetrius Smith, who told producers of the recent documentary Surviving R. Kelly that he helped to obtain the fake ID. 

He is quoted as saying in the documentary that the marriage between Aaliyah and Kelly was short and unceremonious and that the teenager looked ‘worried and scared’  throughout.   

The bribery charge is the latest blow for Kelly, who already has four indictments against him. 

The first is a state case in Chicago alleging 10 counts of sexual abuse, which Illinois prosecutors filed in March last year. 

Last July, he was hit with two federal indictments; one in New York and one in Illinois, which allege racketeering along with sexual assault and sexual exploitation.  

Aaliyah, who released the album Age Ain't Nothing But A Number, just three months before she illegally wed Kelly, did not tell her parents about the union

Aaliyah, who released the album Age Ain't Nothing But A Number, just three months before she illegally wed Kelly, did not tell her parents about the union

Aaliyah, who released the album Age Ain’t Nothing But A Number, just three months before she illegally wed Kelly, did not tell her parents about the union

Kelly's former tour manager, Demetrius Smith, told producers of the recent documentary Surviving R. Kelly that he helped to obtain the fake ID

Kelly's former tour manager, Demetrius Smith, told producers of the recent documentary Surviving R. Kelly that he helped to obtain the fake ID

Kelly’s former tour manager, Demetrius Smith, told producers of the recent documentary Surviving R. Kelly that he helped to obtain the fake ID

In August this year, he was charged in a fourth case in Minnesota for allegedly having sex with an underage prostitute.

The vast landscape charges makes it difficult to know which will case will come first. A judge in Chicago set a trial date for September next year, but it is unclear which case that is for, and if all of the cases may be consolidated  

He has pleaded not guilty across the board and believes he is the victim of a set-up from women looking to be paid. 

Kelly has been held in custody without bond since July.  

Kelly is shown in court in Chicago in September. He has been held in custody without bond since July

Kelly is shown in court in Chicago in September. He has been held in custody without bond since July

Kelly is shown in court in Chicago in September. He has been held in custody without bond since July

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