Brooklyn prosecutors charged R.Kelly with bribing Illinois officials to obtain a fake ID to marry Aaliyah when she was just 15 years old. The marriage certificate falsely stated that the late singer was 18. Meanwhile, Kelly was 27. The former tour manager, Demetrius Smith, was the one who purchased the fake ID. But he said that prosecutors do not see the bigger picture.
R.Kelly’s marriage to Aaliyah is well documented. Smith stated about it in his book and spoke about it in ‘Surviving R.Kelly.’
The latest allegation expands on an existing racketeering indictment is filed in New York against Mr. R.Kelly that accuses him of sexually exploiting underage girls and coercing them into illegal sexual activity. This year, Mr. Kelly, 52, has been criminally charged in several jurisdictions on allegations that he sexually abused minors.
Aaliyah was an American singer, actress, and model. She first gained recognition when she is ten years old when she appeared on the television show Star Search. At the age of twelve, Aaliyah signed with Jive Records and her uncle Barry Hankerson’s Blackground Records.
On August 25, 2001, Aaliyah and eight others were killed in a plane crash in the Bahamas after filming the music video for the single “Rock the Boat.”
Kelly continues to release music through his popularity has declined.