R. Kelly pleads not guilty to NYC bribe charge linked to Aaliyah wedding

Written by on December 19, 2019

NEW YORK — Singer R. Kelly has pleaded not guilty to charges he schemed to pay for a fake ID for an unnamed female the day before he married teen R&B singer Aaliyah in 1994.

Kelly entered the plea on Wednesday via a video feed from Chicago where he’s jailed while facing multiple criminal charges.

The latest charge involving the fake ID was filed earlier this month in federal court in Brooklyn. Aaliyah was 15 when she wed R. Kelly in a secret ceremony. She died in a plane crash in 2001 at age 22 after marriage was annulled.

Defense attorney Douglas Anton called the latest charge against his client “ridiculous and absurd.”

Kelly is already scheduled to stand trial in April 2020 in federal court in Chicago and a Cook County judge has ordered R&B singer R. Kelly to stand trial on one of four sexual abuse cases.

If convicted in all three cases he could spend the rest of his life in prison.

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