R Kelly is going through new bribery prices apparently associated to his 1994 marriage to the R&B singer Aaliyah, who was 15 on the time.
A revised indictment in federal courtroom in Brooklyn accuses Kelly of scheming with others to pay for a “fraudulent identification doc” for somebody recognized solely as “Jane Doe” on 30 August 1994.
A day later, Kelly, then 27, married Aaliyah D Haughton in a secret ceremony organized by Kelly at a lodge in Chicago. The wedding was annulled months later due to Haughton’s age.
The singer is accused of bribing an Illinois authorities official to acquire the faux ID, a supply advised the New York Occasions.
Steven Greenberg, Kelly’s lawyer, advised the newspaper the brand new prices don’t “seem to materially alter the panorama”.
Protection lawyer Douglas Anton on Thursday known as the most recent cost in opposition to his shopper “ridiculous and absurd”.
The Brooklyn prosecutors had already charged Kelly with racketeering, kidnapping, pressured labor and sexual exploitation. They alleged he and his staff and assistants picked out ladies and women at concert events and groomed them for sexual abuse.
The 52-year-old singer, who’s being held with out bond, is scheduled to face trial in federal courtroom in Chicago in April on youngster pornography and obstruction of justice prices earlier than going through trial in Brooklyn.
Kelly has skilled a tumultuous yr, replete with authorized troubles and public criticism. He was the topic of a six-part Lifetime documentary, Surviving R Kelly, in January, during which a number of ladies alleged they confronted harassment and sexual abuse by the singer.
Within the documentary, Kelly’s former supervisor, Demetrius Smith, mentioned arranging a secret wedding ceremony for Kelly and Aaliyah and acquiring falsified paperwork. “I used to be within the room after they received married,” Smith stated. “I’m not pleased with that. I had papers solid for them when Aaliyah was underaged. It was only a fast little ceremony. She didn’t have on a white gown. He didn’t have on a tux. Simply each day put on. She regarded nervous and scared.”
Kelly at the moment faces 18 federal counts, together with youngster pornography, kidnapping and compelled labor.