In the wake of the six-part documentary Surviving R. Kelly that aired in early 2019, more and more facts are coming to light that expose R. Kelly’s predatory behavior toward young girls.
In 1994, 27-year-old R&B legend, R. Kelly, bribed an Illinois government employee in order to get a fake ID for his 15-year-old girlfriend, Aaliyah. Armed with this information, a New York grand jury just indicted R. Kelly with one count of bribery.
The fake ID was necessary so that he and Aaliyah could be married in a secret ceremony in Cook County, Illinois. Which had to be annulled at the request of Aaliyah’s family, even though Kelly and Aaliyah said the whole thing (that has been thoroughly recorded) never happened.
Yeah, nothing sketchy about that at all.
Aaliyah Haughton–who tragically died in an airplane crash when she was only 22–was one of many talented young girls who was lured into an inappropriate relationship with Kelly during his career.
Aaliyah was introduced to Kelly when she was 12. He would go on to become her mentor (and also her boyfriend, though they denied such rumors). His superstar status in the music industry made it frighteningly easy for him to use power, influence, and money to get what he wanted.
When Aaliyah was 15 years old, Kelly wrote and produced a hit song for her called, “Age Ain’t Nothing but a Number,” in which she sings about wanting to be with an older man. Subtle.
Long story short, the 27-year-old R. Kelly and the 15-year-old Aaliyah were married in 1994. Which was totally illegal.
And that is why R. Kelly bribed a government employee in August 1994 to obtain “a fraudulent identification document for Jane Doe #1,” as stated in the indictment against Kelly filed Thursday. Jane Doe #1 has been identified as Aaliyah.
Steve Greenberg, Kelly’s defense attorney, said, “We’re going to review the indictment, which we just got this afternoon. It doesn’t look like it materially changes anything in the case. We continue to work on this and look forward to the day Robert is free.”
For those who missed it, the Surviving R. Kelly documentary offered a platform for survivors of abuse at the hands of the superstar to sit down and tell their story. R. Kelly preyed upon several young women of color, promising career advancement opportunities to nearly all of them.
Even Kelly’s ex-wife of 13 years, Andrea Lee, opened up about the abuses she suffered during their marriage.
Many of these girls (usually teenagers) were talented singers and dancers, and they were drawn in by R. Kelly’s fame and success in the music business. Eventually, though, he’d begin to emotionally and sexually abuse these women, causing them to feel trapped in the relationship.
It seems R. Kelly’s inappropriate behavior has caught up to him, and he is fighting various legal battles as we speak. This most recent criminal trial based upon the illegal bribe is set to begin in May 2020.