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R. Kelly has pleaded not guilty to a Brooklyn indictment in which he is accused of paying a public official to provide a fake ID for Aaliyah. The bribery charges stem from Kelly’s illegal marriage to the late singer in 1994, when she was still underage.r-kelly-aaliyah

The alleged 1994 incident was connected to his marriage to an underage Aaliyah, as Kelly is accused of bribing a government official to obtain a fake ID for the singer. Aaliyah was then 15, but the ID reportedly claimed that she was 18.

Kelly denied the bribery allegations during a hearing in the Eastern District of New York. He appeared in court via video stream, as he remains in a Chicago jail awaiting trial for other cases.

Kelly and Aaliyah’s wedding was allegedly held in Illinois, where it is illegal for anyone under 18 to get married without parental consent. The marriage was annulled after less than a year at the request of Aaliyah’s parents.

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