Federal prosecutors are disclosing more information about their investigation into R. Kelly. According to new court documents, they now say that witnesses told them that the disgraced R&B singer married a teenage Aaliyah to prevent her from testifying against him and avoid being charged with a crime.

According to the Chicago Sun-Times, federal prosecutors made this additional evidence public in order to establish a pattern of R. Kelly’s attempts to disrupt the investigation into his Brooklyn case and to argue against granting his request to release the names of two claimed victims.

R. Kelly’s attorney, Steve Greenberg, has previously asserted that “without knowing who each of the alleged “victims” is, the defense cannot perform any investigation or fully prepare for trial.”

Simply said, the defendant’s prior behavior demonstrates that if given the chance to influence a possible witness, the defendant will take it, and his imprisonment may not be enough to prevent such activity, the prosecution stated in court filings in response.

R. Kelly Married Aaliyah To Avoid Criminal Charges - Complete Details!

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According to The New York Times, federal prosecutors in Brooklyn added a charge to the artist’s case back in December, accusing him of buying a phoney ID by paying off a government worker in Illinois to marry the late singer Aaliyah when she was just 15 years old.

The journal was informed by a source that Kelly, who was 27 at the time, used a phoney ID to acquire a marriage license that stated Aaliyah’s age as 18. Later, the 1994 marriage was declared null and void.

Only “Jane Doe #1” is mentioned for Aaliyah in the new charge, who died in 2001 at the age of 22.

For a long time, R. Kelly has rejected rumors that he and Aaliyah were married, claiming instead that they were close friends. The R&B artist said to GQ magazine in 2016 that he “would never have that conversation with anyone.”

Out of respect for Aaliyah and her parents, who have requested that I refrain personally, he continued. “But I can assure you that I loved her and that she loved me; we were really close. We were, as you well know, the greatest of the best.

Kelly’s attorney, Steven Greenberg, said earlier this year that the singer was unaware that Aaliyah was 15 at the time during an appearance with Good Morning America.

R. Kelly Married Aaliyah To Avoid Criminal Charges - Complete Details!

My impression is that she didn’t say she was 15, and she lied about her age to get married, according to Greenberg.

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R. Kelly, now 53, has been detained at the Metropolitan Correctional Center, a federal jail in Chicago, since last July. He is now dealing with federal accusations in Brooklyn (racketeering) and Chicago (child pornography and obstruction of justice), as well as municipal charges in two separate states over multiple allegations of sexual abuse of kids.

He and his attorneys have always refuted the accusations.

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