Monday, August 23, 2021

R. Kelly's Former Manager Testifies About Marriage to Aaliyah


R. Kelly's former tour manager testifies against his will concerning R. Kelly's marriage to the late singer Aaliyah when she was only 15-years-old...

From CNN
A former tour manager for R. Kelly told jurors on Friday that he was with Kelly and the late singer Aaliyah the day they applied for a marriage license in 1994, when she was just 15 years old.
Demetrius Smith, 65, testified reluctantly, at times telling US District Judge Ann Donnelly he "didn't want to be here, period."
And yet, Smith testified he grew concerned about the pair's relationship, saying he felt they were "too friendly," "playful" and that at one point he asked Kelly if he was "messin'" with the teen.
"Aaliyah was young. I didn't want people to have the wrong vision of things," Smith testified.
When Kelly was on tour in August 1994, Smith testified the singer said, as he was about to walk on stage to perform: "Aaliyah is in trouble, man."
Smith testified Kelly was performing out of state, and that Kelly wanted to get back to Chicago right after the show, despite having more shows scheduled in the coming days.
On the trip back to Chicago, Smith said he learned what happened: Aaliyah believed she was pregnant, and Kelly was worried about going to jail because Aaliyah was only 15 years old.
Smith said he offered to help obtain an official state ID for Aaliyah, and ultimately took her to a welfare office, testifying that he bribed a worker at the office to help make Aaliyah a welfare ID card, but that it did not show her date of birth.
"I made her (the worker) an offer and she took the money," Smith testified. "I gave her $500."

9 comments:

chevychick said...

I'll bet if that welfare worker still has her position, she is shaking in her boots right now, I'll bet, in hind sight that lil measly $500.00 was not worth it. But whatever...man Aaliya's parents should definitely be held accountable, as all those girls parents should, just on the strength of them being underage! It's the parent's job to protect their children until they are adults and even into adulthood when needed! But I guess money is a mofo! So sad!

Anonymous said...

This is going to get messier as the trial moves forward. These are tidbits that only the insiders would know about.

Aaliayhs family is foul for letting there daughter be with RK. They are the first ones acting like they were trying to save her legacy. What they are really trying to do is secure the bag.

Anonymous said...

Vibe broke the story first and no one did anything

Anonymous said...

I wonder if that welfare worker still works there.

Anon said...

Fyi, Kellz also f**ked Aaliyah's mother as welll

R in NYC said...

They all should go to jail. The manager is only coming clean because he was given immunity from prosecution.

T said...

Shoot, the welfare worker is probably retired and getting a full pension, if the person has not passed already. 1994?
its been 27yrs.

Mybidness said...

She was in trouble because he gave her an std they thought she was pregnant it was a false positive so he rushed to marry her but it was already to late

Mybidness said...

Her and mom were having 3somes w him. The mom called aliyah sexy at 8 years old siq bitch

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