Bribing of public officials the day before he married Aliyah has been added to R. Kelly charges

As it is well known, R. Kelly has been given a number charges, starting from alleged child pornography to obstruction of justice. But on Dec. 5, the Federal prosecutors added more charges, including bribery of a public office and public employee, according to court documents obtained by a news agency. The court documents accuse him of bribing the official to obtain the “creation of a fraudulent identification document Jane Doe #1.” Based on the date cited in the court documents, it appears he allegedly bribed an official the day before he wed Aaliyah, who was just 15-years-old at the time, on Aug. 31, 1994.

Their marriage was later annulled after her family discovered what transpired and Aaliyah eventually left R. Kelly’s label, Jive Records, to sign with Atlantic. According to the report, Aaliyah was paid $100 in exchange for promising to never pursue legal action for “emotional distress caused by any aspect of her business or personal relationship with Robert” or for “physical injury or emotional pain and suffering arising from any assault or battery perpetrated by Robert against her person.”

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Her mother, Diane Houghton, told the publication,” Everything that went wrong in her life began then [with the relationship with Kelly].”

But it seems R. Kelly would disagree. In a 2016 interview, R. Kelly touched on the subject of their relationship briefly, but refused to go into details. “I will never have that conversation with anyone. Out of respect for Aaliyah, and her mother and father who has asked me not to personally. But I can tell you I loved her, I can tell you she loved me, we was very close. We were, you know, best best best best friends,” he insisted.

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