R. Kelly has been scheduled to appear via video in a Brooklyn courtroom from a federal prison in Chicago next week so he can be arraigned on a fresh bribery charge related to his illicit 1994 marriage to the late singer Aaliyah.
The US Attorney’s office in Brooklyn pushed for federal Judge Ann Donnelly to require Kelly — who has a phobia of flying — to appear in person for the Dec. 18 arraignment over allegations that he paid off a government employee in 1994 to get a 15-year-old Aaliyah a fake ID.
But Donnelly granted Kelly’s attorneys’ request to have the singer appear via video conference to enter a plea on the new charge.
Kelly is charged with racketeering in Brooklyn and also faces state and federal charges in Chicago and Minneapolis.
Kelly’s marriage to Aaliyah, whose real name was Aaliyah Haughton, reportedly ended a few days after they wed — when Aaliyah’s parents found out about the union and forced her to have it expunged. She was just 15 years old, and he was 27.