Disgraced rapper R. Kelly is now facing a bribery charge for allegedly paying off a government offical to create a fake idea so he could marry a 15-year old while he was 27.
As The New York Post reports:
Federal prosecutors in New York’s Eastern District accused the “I Believe I Can Fly” singer of bribing an unnamed government employee in Illinois on Aug. 30, 1994 in order to obtain a phony identification document for “Jane Doe 1.”
Jane Doe 1 is Aaliyah, according to a person familiar with the case.
R. Kelly’s former manager Demetriuis Smith revealed in the docuseries “Surviving R. Kelly” that he purchased a fake ID for the young singer to facilitate their marriage.
Aaliyah — real name Aaliyah Haughton — was 15 and Kelly was 27 at the time of their marriage, which is widely reported as having occurred on Aug. 31, 1994.
The rapper is currently facing charges in four different cases which include accusations of kidnapping, forced labor, and possession of child pornography.