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R Kelly charged with paying bribe before marriage

Charges: R Kelly
Charges: R Kelly

By Tom Hays

Singer R Kelly is facing new bribery charges that appear to be related to his 1994 marriage to then 15-year-old R&B singer Aaliyah.

A revised indictment unsealed in the federal court in Brooklyn accuses Kelly of scheming with others to pay for a fake ID for someone identified only as "Jane Doe" on August 30, 1994.

A day later, Kelly married Aaliyah in a secret ceremony.

The marriage was annulled months later because of her age.

Defence lawyer Douglas Anton called the charge against his client "ridiculous and absurd".

Aaliyah died in a plane crash in 2001. Her debut album, Age Ain't Nothing But a Number, was produced and written by R Kelly.

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