Embattled singer, R. Kelly who has been under heavy fire recently in Light of Lifetime’s damning docuseries “Surviving R. Kelly” that exposes his alleged abuse of multiple women and underage girls.
One bone of contention amid all the arguments has been whether the singer knew about late singer, Aaliyah’s age when he got married to her when she was just 15-years-old This is coming after his lawyer claimed that Kelly was oblivious to her being a minor.
However, an old documentary of Kelly from 1994 has resurfaced to prove that he knew his one-time protege (and future wife) was a 14-year-old child the same year he married her. In the clip, Kelly clearly acknowledges Aaliyah’s age (apparently, 14 at the time it was shot) as she records a song in the studio, with him serving as producer.
In the YouTube clip, you hear Kelly say clear as day,
“Right now I’m producing a very talented lady — a young lady. She’s 14, Aaliyah. She’s real street.”
Watch the video below:
Kelly went on to marry Aaliyah that same year although the marriage reportedly got annulled shortly after. Despite this evidence of Kelly clearly being aware of Aaliyah’s age, the singer’s new attorney, Steven Greenberg, insisted to ABC News last week that his client was unaware of her being 15. He says she must have lied about her age to legally marry Kelly, and that Kelly had “no idea.”
It is noteworthy that Kelly himself hasn’t said much about his marriage to Aaliyah or her age, but back in 2016, he told GQ,
“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 would be recalled that Kelly and Aaliyah appeared together for a BET interview in 1994, where they denied they were in a romantic relationship and played coy about her age, calling it a “secret.”
In light of this new video Greenberg is retracting as he now says he misspoke during the ABC interview, and probably shouldn’t have put words in Kelly’s mouth as he says he never spoke to Kelly about Aaliyah specifically.
Greenberg also says,
“That was 20 years ago. I didn’t know him 20 years ago, I didn’t represent him 20 years ago. And, I wasn’t invited to any wedding.”
That said, Greenberg insists that Kelly has told him that he has never “been with” with an underage girl.