R. Kelly Allegedly Paid a Bribe to Marry 15-Year Old Aaliyah

Though R. Kelly’s predatory behavior with underage girls has been widely known in the music and entertainment industry for decades — the R&B singer is just now being prosecuted for it. In January 2019 — Lifetime premiered a shocking six-part documentary, Surviving R. Kelly. The series chronicled the singer’s alleged abuse towards women and young girls. People who’d been a part of Kelly’s circle for years come forward to speak their truth.

Not only did the docuseries highlight the many atrocities that the Chicago-born singer allegedly committed, it also promoted new charges to be be brought down on the singer. In July 2019 — Kelly was indicted on a slew of federal charges including kidnapping and child pornography.

Now, a new bribery charge has been brought against the singer. It seems from his marriage to the late R&B singer Aaliyah when she was just 15 years old.

Inside Aaliyah and R. Kelly’s troubling relationship

In 1994, when she was just 15 years old, the “One In A Million” singer burst on the scene as R. Kelly’s protege. The “Step In the Name Of Love” singer wrote and produced Aaliyah’s debut album, Age Ain’t Nothing But A Number. According to several sources, Kelly. who was 27 years old at the time, secretly married 15-year-old Aaliyah, using a falsified marriage certificate indicating that she was 18.

When the singer’s parents discovered the marriage, they quickly and quietly had it annulled. Neither Aaliyah –who passed away tragically at age 22 in a plane crash nor R. Kelly have ever discussed their relationship, but it’s now being brought up once again.

‘Surviving R. Kelly’ addressed some stunning allegations about R. Kelly’s relationship with Aaliyah

For years, Kelly’s marriage to Aaliyah has been a terribly kept secret. Out of respect for the late singer, most people have never addressed it. However, in Surviving R. Kelly — R. Kelly’s former backup singer Jovante Cunningham has come forward saying she witnessed, Kelly and the late singer engaging in “things that an adult should not be doing with a child.”

“We were out on the road with Aaliyah … on a tour bus there really aren’t any confined spaces … there are bunks,” she said. “When the door flew open on the bus, Robert was having sex with Aaliyah.”

When the documentary premiered, Aaliyah’s mother, Diane Haughton quickly addressed Cunningham’s allegations saying that they were untrue. However, new evidence suggests that at the very least the marriage was very real.

R. Kelly bribed a government official to obtain a fake ID for 15-year-old Aaliyah

Since you cannot be legally wed until age 18 in the state of Illinois without a parent or guardian’s consent — Kelly had to go through other means to get what he wanted. According to The New York Times, federal prosecutors in Brooklyn are accusing The Chocolate Factory singer of bribery in order to marry Aaliyah.

Prosecutors are alleging that Kelly bribed a government employee in Illinois to obtain a fake ID for Aaliyah. The ID reportedly stated that Aaliyah was 18 years old. This new bribery charge has been added to the racketeering indictment that was filed against Kelly this past summer. Those charges include enticing minors to engage in criminal sexual activity, possession of child pornography, and more.

In the past, Kelly attorney Steve Greenberg claimed that the late singer lied about her age and that the “Seems Like You’re Ready” singer had no idea she was 15 when they wed.