R Kelly charged with paying bribe before marriage
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.