SMH: R. Kelly’s Lawyer Admits The Singer Married Aaliyah At 15, But Claims She Lied About Her Age
R. Kelly’s Lawyer Confirms His Client Married Aaliyah At 15-Years-Old
Steve Greenberg appeared on Good Morning America in an effort to deal with the latest allegations of rape, abuse, and sexual misconduct which are being stacked up towards his consumer following the Lifetime docuseries, Surviving R Kelly. When Kelly’s consultant was requested if his consumer had ever been in a relationship with a lady who was beneath the age of consent, he replied that the singer ‘absolutely’ denied being with any underage women, which was rapidly known as into query.
“Was he married to Aaliyah when she was 15?” requested reporter Linsey Davis. Greenberg replied, surprisingly admitting that Kelly did marry her, however deflecting onto one other well-known relationship.
“He was married to her when she was 15. Elvis was married to Priscilla,” replied Greenberg, who didn’t pause or miss a beat. This was a reference to the wedding of Elvis Presley and his spouse Priscilla, who was nearly 22 when she married the rock star, which she accomplished together with her mother and father’ blessing.
The reported continued to hound Greenberg on the topic saying, “So then, 15 is not of the age of legal consent, right?” But in fact, Greenberg had an excused for Kelly, claiming he wasn’t within the improper right here as a result of Aaliyah 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 the lawyer. “And he is saying he had no idea?” inquired Davis. To which Greenberg confirmed: “No idea.”
But Aaliyah’s age nonetheless isn’t the one factor that’s disheartening about her relationship with Kelly.
Jim DeRogatis, the reporter who has pursued the sexual and bodily abuse allegations towards R. Kelly since 2000, was a visitor on the New York Times’ podcast collection The Popcast with host Jon Caramanica final 12 months. During the dialog, DeRogatis recalled when he first went by means of the paperwork that associated to R. Kelly and Aaliyah’s annulment.
“The annulment of the Aaliyah marriage and Aaliyah’s legal claim against him had been sealed in Detroit…they were sealed by the court but those documents were provided to me,” DeRogatis revealed. “It’s a harrowing document, a non-disclosure agreement on both her part and Kelly’s, vowing not to pursue further legal claims for physical abuse. So it wasn’t just an underage sexual relationship, he hit her, allegedly, according to that court document.”
The marriage was reported by Vibe magazine shortly after the discharge of Aaliyah’s debut album, Age Ain’t Nothing however a Number. The journal discovered that the official Illinois marriage ceremony certificates falsified Aaliyah’s age, itemizing the late singer as 18.
But the aforementioned doc–vowing to not pursue additional authorized claims for bodily abuse towards Kelly–hasn’t actually been talked about when discussing varied allegations, even within the Surviving R. Kelly documentary collection that has been the catalyst for all the present R. Kelly conversations.