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R. Kelly’s wedding to Aaliyah featured ‘matching jogging suits:’ minister

A minister who officiated R. Kelly’s illegal marriage to singer Aaliyah instructed a Brooklyn federal court Wednesday that the nuptials took area in a hotel suite with the pair wearing “matching jogging fits.”

Nathan Edmond, 73, testified that he officiated the clandestine nuptials as a favor to a close friend and did not know who the performers were being, in accordance to The Each day Beast.

“I did not feel it was everyone specific and I did not fully grasp it at all,” Edmond reportedly told jurors at Kelly’s sexual intercourse trafficking trial.

The singers both had a person leg of their jogging fits rolled up to the knee in the course of the Aug. 31, 1994, elopement, which lasted “about ten minutes or fewer,” Edmond said, in accordance to the outlet.

Three other gentlemen ended up in the hotel space, one particular of whom approached the just lately ordained minister with a non-disclosure agreement, which “made me kind of chuckle,” Edmond reportedly testified.

“It was not worth the paper it was printed on,” Edmond reportedly instructed the courtroom, including that he reported at the time an NDA “should have been a ton much more airtight than that,” right before agreeing not to converse about the marriage.

Jurors had been reportedly introduced with the relationship license, naming Edmund as the “elder,” which erroneously said that Aaliyah was 18.

R. Kelly has pleaded not guilty and denied allegations of wrongdoing relevant to his marriage to Aayliah.
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Prosecutors alleged that Kelly, 54, bribed an Illinois formal to get a fake welfare ID right after fearing the late singer was pregnant, and the relationship is a crucial element of their case as they request to convict him of racketeering, kidnapping and sexual exploitation of children.

Kelly’s former tour manager Demetrius Smith told the court docket past month the defendant’s romance with Aaliyah started out soon after he started mentoring her in the early ’90s, and manufactured her debut album, which was dubiously titled “Age Ain’t Nothing at all but a Amount,” according to the outlet.

“I just thought they were way too playful, too friendly…he was seducing her,” said Smith, introducing that the marriage alleviated Kelly’s considerations he would go to jail if she was pregnant.

Nathan Edmond
Nathan Edmond testified that he officiated the wedding day as a favor to a pal.
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“It should not have occurred. It was mistaken,” Smith testified.

Earlier in the 7 days an accuser named “Addie” reportedly testified that she was sexually assaulted by the “Ignition” singer just two days after his marriage.

The then-17-yr-previous explained the attack occurred just after a Miami live performance, which she attended in the hopes of seeing Aayliah, according to The Each day Beast.

R Kelly, whose actual title is Robert, has pleaded not responsible and denied allegations of wrongdoing associated to his relationship to Aayliah, who died in a 2001 plane crash.

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