News. The court documents accuse him of bribing the official to obtain the "creation of a fraudulent identification document Jane Doe #1".
He has been accused of, in 1994, bribing his way through obtaining a marriage license for Aaliyah Dana Haughton that listed her age as 18, (although she was 15).
During an interview with Good Morning America, Kelly's attorney Steven Greenberg claimed that the singer had no idea Aaliyah was underage when they Wednesday. The person wasn't authorized to discuss details of the new charge and spoke on condition of anonymity. But their marriage was annulled in Detroit in 1995 at the request of her family.
Kelly's lawyer Douglas Anton has slammed the latest charge as "ridiculous and absurd", while another member of his legal team insisted it does not "materially alter the landscape".
The new charges against R. Kelly are being added to the existing racketeering indictment filed in NY. They alleged he and his employees and assistants picked out women and girls at concerts and groomed them for sexual abuse.
The 52-year-old R&B singer, known for such hits as "I Believe I Can Fly" and "Bump N' Grind", was arrested in Chicago in July on separate sets of charges brought by federal prosecutors in Brooklyn and Chicago. Some of the fans were allegedly underage girls.
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Kelly wrote and produced Age Ain't Nothing But A Number, the 1994 debut album of R&B singer Aaliyah, seen here attending a July 2001 film premiere in NY a month before her death.
R. Kelly has long denied reports that he and Aaliyah Wednesday, saying instead that the two were close friends. The Illinois marriage licence used for the wedding said she was 18.
Prosecutors are alleging that Kelly bribed a government employee in IL to obtain a fake ID for Aaliyah.
"But my understandingis that she [Aaliyah] did not claim to be 15". Those charges include enticing minors to engage in criminal sexual activity, possession of child pornography, and more. He has pleaded not guilty.
He later went on to marry her on August 31, 1994 with an official IL wedding certificate that stated that she was 18. The new charge of bribery will now be added to racketeering and other charges Kelly faces in NY, along with separate trials in IL.
Smith claimed he was the one who had the "papers forged for them when Aaliyah was underaged".