R. Kelly married the late pop star Aaliyah when she was just 15 due to the fact he thought she was expecting — component of a bid by the R&B singer to steer clear of jail, his former tour manager testified in Brooklyn federal courtroom Friday.
Demetrius Smith, who worked with the “Bump n’ Grind” singer in the 90s, stated that Kelly tied the knot with his underage girlfriend “to guard himself, to shield Aaliyah” immediately after finding out she was knocked up.
“Aaliyah is in difficulty, we require to go house,” Smith claimed Kelly confessed at a concert in Orlando, Fla. all around 1994. “Aaliyah, person, she thinks she’s expecting.”
Kelly still left the tour quickly, flying house to Chicago where by a minister married him and Aaliyah in a lodge, Smith stated.
Questioned by a prosecutor what Kelly necessary defense from, Smith mentioned: “I guess jail.”
Smith reported he was in the beginning not comfortable with how flirty Kelly was around the “Back & Forth” songstress shortly right after they achieved in 1992, when Aaliyah was 13 decades aged, he reported.
“I just considered they ended up also playful, much too friendly…he was seducing her,” claimed Smith, who met Kelly by way of Aaliyah’s uncle and Kelly’s supervisor Barry Hankerson.
On Friday — the third working day of the 54-12 months-old singer’s intercourse crimes and racketeering trial — legal professionals for Kelly also presented a 1994 marriage certificate exhibiting Aaliyah experienced seemingly lied that she was 18 decades aged when marrying Kelly, who was 27 at the time.
Smith also admitted to bribing a public staff with $500 to get Aaliyah a pretend ID so the wedding could occur.
The testimony arrived just days just before the 20th anniversary of Aaliyah’s tragic dying, and as the singer’s sophomore album “One in a Million” was launched on streaming platforms this 7 days.
Before in the demo, Smith pointed out that Kelly wrote significantly of Aaliyah’s to start with record — prompting a prosecutor to question, “What was the name of the album?”
“Age Ain’t Almost nothing but a Number,” Smith replied.