The revelations are linked and all look alike. This Friday, August 20, in New York, justice learned that R. Kelly would have bribed an official to be able to marry Aaliyah.
The trial of R. Kelly continues and is rich in shocking revelations. Accused of multiple sexual abuse by several young women – most of them minors at the time of the facts, according to them – the fallen star appears before the New York federal court. But before being at the heart of this scandal, the interpreter of I Believe I Can Fly has long sparked controversy because of his relationship with the singer Aaliyah… whom he married in 1994 then that she was only 15 years old. He was 27. And according to a former employee of the singer, called to testify, he would have had recourse to an illegal scheme to be able to marry the young woman.
Indeed, Robert Sylvester Kelly real name allegedly bribed an official through his ex-employee. And this, in order to obtain false identity documents for Aaliyah, these attesting that she was of legal age. “I walked in and said, ‘Hey, do you want to make some money?'”, explained Demetrius Smith, 65. He would have given 500 dollars to the official in exchange for these false papers for R. Kelly.
A marriage to protect R. Kelly and Aaliyah
Another revelation was slipped during this third day of hearing. According to Demetrius Smith, who testified with the assurance of immunity from prosecution, the marriage of R. Kelly with Aaliyah was organized for the purpose of protecting it. The young singer, who died in a plane crash in 2002, would have announced that she was pregnant. The artist was then afraid of going to prison. The quick wedding did indeed take place once the false papers were obtained. Before being canceled.