R Kelly faces bribery charge over fake ID to wed late singer Aaliyah more than two decades ago

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Dec 07, 2019 11:50:18 IST

Washington DC: R&B superstar R Kelly is now facing a bribery charge for allegedly paying off a government official more than two decades ago so he could marry late singer Aaliyah who was 15 then and he 27, according to a new indictment unsealed on Thursday.

According to reports on Page Six, Federal prosecutors in New York's Eastern District accused the 'Bump N' Grind ' singer of bribing an unnamed government employee in Illinois on 30 August, 1994, in order to obtain a fake identification document for a girl named 'Jane Doe.'

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NEW CHARGE ALERT: Embattled R&B star R. Kelly bribed an Illinois official to get a fake ID for an unnamed female a day before he secretly married 15-year-old singer Aaliyah in 1994, federal prosecutors in New York alleged in a new indictment filed Thursday. . . The charges allege that Kelly directed someone in August 1994 to bribe the public official into making a false “identification document” for a person identified by authorities only as “Jane Doe #1.” . . The next day, Kelly, then 27, married Aaliyah Haughton in a secret ceremony with falsified paperwork that gave her age as 18. . . The marriage was later annulled at the insistence of Aaliyah’s family. . . The new allegation was added to the sweeping racketeering conspiracy indictment that New York prosecutors brought over the summer, accusing the singer of identifying underage girls attending his concerts and grooming them for later sexual abuse. . . #MuteRKelly #RKelly #Supportsurvivors #EndRapeCulture #Aaliyah

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Later, on investigating, it was revealed that the girl, named only as Jane Doe in the documents, has widely been identified as late singer Aaliyah.

The certificate, leaked at the time, listed her age as 18.

The marriage ended a few days after they wed, when the teenager told her parents about it and they forced her to get it expunged, the Washington Post reported, according to Page Six.

Reportedly, Kelly is currently facing four separate cases in three different states on charges that include kidnapping, forced labor, possession of child pornography, engaging in prostitution with a minor, and moving girls across state lines for sex.

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Updated Date: Dec 07, 2019 11:50:18 IST