Within the video, which was shared on YouTube final week, Kelly may be heard saying: “Proper now I am producing a really gifted girl… younger girl. She’s 14. Aaliyah.”
This contradicts claims beforehand made by Kelly’s lawyer Steven Greenberg, who beforehand mentioned Kelly was unaware of Aaliyah’s precise age when the 2 had been married.
Greenberg instructed Good Morning America final week: “He was married to her when she was 15.”
When ABC’s Linsey Davis identified that 15 would have been beneath the age of authorized consent, Greenberg added: “Proper. Besides my understanding is that she didn’t declare to be 15 and, as a way to get married, she needed to lie about her age.”
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Davis added: “And he’s saying that he had no thought.”
‘No thought,” Greenberg replied.
The Impartial has reached out to Greenberg for remark.
Aaliyah – full title Aaliyah Dana Haughton – was born on 16 January, 1979.
A replica of Aaliyah and Kelly’s marriage certificates beforehand printed by the Huffington Post lists the marriage date as 31 August, 1994. Aaliyah was 15 on this date.
Greenberg was pushing again in opposition to accusations made in opposition to Kelly within the six-part Lifetime documentary Surviving R Kelly.
Regardless of going through various sexual misconduct allegations over the previous twenty years, Kelly has by no means been convicted. Final yr, he denied accusations of holding younger ladies in an abusive cult.