Lawyer For R Kelly Confirms He Married 15-Year-Old Aaliyah But Claims He Didn’t Know She Was A Minor
R Kelly has finally confirmed that he was briefly married to Aaliyah – through his lawyer.
Steve Greenberg appeared on Good Morning America to address the recent allegations of rape, abuse and sexual misconduct made about his client on the Lifetime docuseries Surviving R Kelly on Friday morning, when he was asked if the singer had ever been in a relationship with a woman who was below the age of consent.
Greenberg quickly replied that Kelly ‘absolutely’ denied being with any underage girls, a response that was quickly called into question.
‘Was he married to Aaliyah when she was 15?’ asked reported Linsey Davis.
‘He was married to her when she was 15. Elvis was married to Priscilla,’ replied Greenberg, who did not pause or miss a beat.
That was a reference to the union of Elvis Presley and wife Priscilla, who was almost 22 when she married the rock star and did so with her parents’ blessing.
Davis then continued to back Greenberg into a corner, stating: ‘So then, 15 is not of the age of legal consent, right?’
Greenberg had an excsude for his client however, saying it was Aaliyah who lied and was dishonest.
‘Right except my understanding is that she did not claim to be 15. And in order to get married she had to lie about her age,’ claimed Greenberg.
‘And he is saying he had no idea,’ replied Davis.
‘No idea,’ said Greenberg.
It is unclear how Kelly was unaware, especially since he was present alongside Aaliyah during a 1994 interview on BET that made mention of her age, 14, and the fact that she was in high school, multiple times.
Earlier in the program, Davis asked Greenberg if Kelly planned to take legal action against Lifetime following the release of the series.
‘Well hopefully he’ll sue lifetime,’ said Greenberg.
When asked on what grounds he might file a lawsuit, Greenberg said: ‘For defamation, because people should not be able to do this to someone.’
Kelly was last asked about Aaliyah in 2016 during an ninterview with GQ, in which he said: ‘Well, because of Aaliyah’s passing, as I’ve always said, out of respect for her mother who’s sick and her father who’s passed, I will never have that conversation with anyone.
‘Out of respect for Aaliyah, and her mother and father who has asked me not to personally. But I can tell you I loved her, I can tell you she loved me, we was very close. We were, you know, best best best best friends.’
It was Vibe that first broke the story of Aaliyah and R Kelly’s marriage in 1995, with some claiming the singer had been pregnant at the time of the wedding.
Kelly’s former dancer Jovante Cunningham revealed that she saw Kelly having sex with Aaliyah when she was just 15.
‘[I saw] things that an adult should not be doing with a child. He was having sex with Aaliyah,’. said Cunningham.
‘[You] get on the bus there are bunks and these bunks have little curtains you can pull at night if you don’t want anyone to see you sleeping.
‘It just so happened we were all laying in our bunks and the curtains are open, everybody’s communicating, laughing. It was prank time when the door flew open on the bus. Robert was having sex with Aaliyah.’
Aaliyah’s mother later denied this and the claim that her daughter married Kelly, despite a marriage certificate that seems to suggest otherwise, on which it gives Aaliyah’s age as 18 rather than 15 to make the union legal.
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