Musician R. Kelly pleaded not guilty to a new bribery charge Wednesday related to his marriage of the late singer Aaliyah.
Kelly was accused of bribing a government official in order to obtain a fake ID for Aliyah, who was 15 years old at the time, back in 1994, according to a report published by Page Six. The indictment was handed down to the singer at the beginning of December.
R. Kelly pleaded not guilty to bribing an official for a fake ID for a minor. The alleged incident happened days before he married Aaliyah, who was 15.
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As previously reported, the fake ID was allegedly used to obtain a marriage license, which listed Aaliyah as 18 years old instead of 15. Kelly was 27 years old at the time the two got married.
The marriage was annulled a few months later after the singer’s parents found out, the outlet reported. Aaliyah died in a plane crash on Aug. 25, 2001. She was 22 years old at the time. (RELATED: R. Kelly Accused Of Bribing A Government Official In Order To Marry Singer Aaliyah When She Was 15 Years Old)
Kelly’s lawyer claimed the singer would not have been able to obtain a fake ID because he has limited reading and writing abilities.
Kelly appeared Wednesday via video in the courtroom. He is currently being held at a Chicago prison and is facing four cases in three different states. The charges against him include racketeering, forced labor and child pornography.