R. Kelly is finally admitting that he had a sexual relationship with Aaliyah. The confession comes three decades after Kelly and Aaliyah were illegally married when he was 27 and she was 15.
In a statement with The Independent, Kelly’s lawyer, Thomas A Farinella, wrote“The defence does concede that Mr. Kelly had underage sexual contact with Jane Doe #1.”
Kelly’s lawyers had attempted to dismiss claims from prosecutors due to“Jane Doe’s untimely death.”Aaliyah died in a plane crash in 2001 at the age of 22.
In 1994 Aaliyah said in an interview that she was“close”to R. Kelly but never admitted to marrying him. The marriage was ultimately annulled by Aaliyah’s parents shortly after the ceremony.