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More Bad News for R. Kelly, He’s Facing Bribery Charges for Marrying Aaliyah

Remember the time R. Kelly married a 15-year-old when he was 27? Turns out that wasn’t a great idea for just a whole bunch of reasons. First because, you know, she was 15. But also because now, 25 years later, he’s been slapped with additional charges stemming from that marriage.

Here’s how the story was reported by the New York Times.

On Thursday, federal prosecutors in Brooklyn accused Mr. Kelly of bribing an Illinois government employee on Aug. 30, 1994, in order to obtain a fake ID for Aaliyah, according to the indictment and a person familiar with the matter.

The fake ID was to be used to obtain a marriage license that listed her age as 18, the person familiar with the matter said.

He did a lot of grunt work to marry Aaliyah. Which I understand, honestly. Don’t look at me like that, she was older than me.

R. Kelly’s lawyer said that he didn’t know Aaliyah was under 18 when they got married, which is probably the thing to say when you marry a 15-year-old.

But it’s not all bad news for Robert. His girlfriend Joycelyn Savage came out and said she wasn’t behind the now-deleted Patreon operated in her name that claimed she was abused by Kelly.

She also says both she and Azriel Clary are still on Kelly’s side. It’s so nice when sex cults stay together like that.

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