Over a decade after his first indictment on child pornography charges, R. Kelly returned to jail Friday, facing 10 new counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse.
In the 10 years between his arrests, plus several incidents predating his controversial 2008 sex-tape trial, Kelly has been accused by an army of women of physical and sexual abuse, with many of his alleged victims claiming they were underage at the time.
Revisit Kelly’s timeline of legal woes and allegations.
1994: Kelly marries 15-year-old Aaliyah
Kelly, then 27, married the 15-year-old R&B singer Aaliyah, on Aug. 31, 1994, in Rosemont, Illinois. Kelly obtained a falsified Cook County marriage certificate that listed her age as 18. The marriage was annulled soon after, and all records of the marriage were expunged in 1997, thanks to efforts from Aaliyah’s family, since she was too young to be married under Illinois law without her parents’ permission, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. Neither Kelly nor Aaliyah spoke publicly of their marriage before the plane crash that killed Aaliyah in 2001.
Demetrius Smith, Kelly’s former tour manager and personal assistant, shared details about Kelly and Aaliyah’s wedding day in the “Surviving R. Kelly” documentary.
“I’m not proud of that (day),” he said. “I had papers forged for them. Aaliyah was underage. We got the marriage license, we were at a hotel in Maywood, Illinois. It was just a quick little ceremony, nothing elaborate. Aaliyah didn’t have a white dress, Robert didn’t have on a tux, just everyday wear. Robert said ‘I do.’ Him and Aaliyah.”
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