Kelly charged with paying bribe before marrying Aaliyah

R. Kelly faces new bribery charge in Brooklyn criminal case

R. Kelly appears for a hearing at Leighton Criminal Court Building in ChicagoMore

Kelly is facing new bribery charges apparently related to his 1994 marriage to the R&B singer Aaliyah, who was 15 at the time.

A day later, R. Kelly married Aaliyah in a secret ceremony. A source close to the situation claims that Kelly and Jane Doe #1, whom the source says is Aaliyah, used that fraudulent ID card to apply for a marriage license that documented Aaliyah's age as being 18.

R.Kelly's attorney, Douglas Anton called the most recent charge against his client, laid on Thursday, "ridiculous and absurd".

The embattled R&B singer has already been charged with racketeering, kidnapping, forced labor and sexual exploitation in NY.

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They are saying he and his entourage headed up a racketeering operation, throughout 20 years, which recruited girls and under-age women for unlawful sexual exercise.

The new charge is the latest to be filed against Kelly, who is being held without bond in a Chicago jail pending trial on federal charges in IL and NY. Additionally, Smith recalls the IL marriage license listed the late songbird, who was 15 at the time, as 18 years old.

This most recent charge has been added to a growing list of charges filed by NY prosecutors, among federal charges and other state charges.

According to The New York Times, the document revealed the marriage took place on August 30, 1994.

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Aaliyah's family has stayed relatively quiet throughout R. Kelly's #MeToo reckoning. As reported by People, Jovante gave a detailed account of the time she witnessed the statutory rape committed by R.Kelly.

Kelly and Aaliyah got married in 1994 when he was 27.

R. Kelly's Chicago attorney, Steven Greenberg, previously claimed his client had "no idea" Aaliyah was underage when they Wednesday. According to court papers, they include one he met while she was a radio station intern in about 2004 and another at one of his concerts in 2015. There a story of him reportedly bribing a public official. They also accused Kelly of obstructing justice by using threats and bribes, including payments of hundreds of thousands of dollars, to keep his victims quiet.

The bribery cost is the newest blow for Kelly, who already has 4 indictments towards him.

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