R. Kelly Charged with Paying Bribe Before Marrying Aaliyah

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Federal prosecutors in NY filed a new indictment Thursday against R. Kelly stemming from his illegal marriage to singer Aaliyah D. Haughton.

Prosecutors filed a revised indictment in NY on Thursday alleging that Kelly paid a bribe to an unnamed public employee in order to obtain "fraudulent identification document" for a woman listed as "Jane Doe #1", the Associated Press reports.

His illegal relationship with the deceased singer came to light in the 6-part docu-series, Surviving R. Kellywhere R. Kelly's former acquaintances, family members and colleagues, explained that he met Aaliyah when she was a just 12-years-old and that they were in a secret relationship. The ID was used to obtain a marriage license that stated her age as 18.

R. Kelly has been accused of bribing an official 25 years ago so he could marry his teenage bride, Aaliyah.

A judge in Brooklyn denied singer R. Kelly's request for bail, saying he's a flight risk and has a history of obstruction and witness tampering; Jacqui Heinrich reports.

R. Kelly is facing several sexual abuse charges with trials in Chicago and NY next year.

The singer is now being held without bail. This year, Kelly has been charged in several jurisdictions on allegations pertaining to sexually abusing minors.

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In addition to the two federal cases, Kelly is facing charges from state prosecutors in IL and Minnesota. TMZ obtained federal documents, which showed that R. Kelly and his associates brided an IL government official to get his hands on "fraudulent identification document" for Aaliyah.

They got married when she was 15 and R Kelly was 27.

Demetrius Smith, one of Kelly's associates who also spoke out in the groundbreaking documentary Surviving R. Kelly, confessed that he purchased a fake ID for Aaliyah so that she could marry Kelly.

Defense attorney Douglas Anton on Thursday called the latest charge against his client "ridiculous and absurd". He has pleaded not guilty to those charges as well.

At the same time, Kelly was indicted in NY with exploiting five victims, identified only as "Jane Does".

Smith claimed he was the one who had the "papers forged for them when Aaliyah was underaged". Kelly has pleaded not guilty to the original NY charges.

The latest allegation against Kelly doesn't state whether or not the payment was actually made.

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