A 1994 documentary that just resurfaced online has blown a big hole in a recent claim by R. Kelly’s attorney, who asserted that the scandal-ridden R&B singer had “no idea” that Aaliyah was only 14 when he married her.
“He was married to her when she was 15,” the singer’s lawyer, Steven Greenberg, told “CBS This Morning”. “Except that my understanding is that she did not claim to be 15 and, in order to get married, she had to lie about her age. [He had] no idea.”
However, TMZ is reporting that a clip from the 1994 documentary features Kelly discussing his then-protege.
“Right now I’m producing a very talented lady — young lady,” says Kelly in the clip. “She’s 14, Aaliyah. She’s real street.”
This clearly refutes Greenberg’s claim that Kelly had “no idea” Aaliyah was just 14 when he married her that same year (the marriage was reportedly annulled later in the year).
Meanwhile, Kelly continues to be at the centre of controversy after the recent airing of Lifetime Canada‘s “Surviving R. Kelly” docu-series, in which numerous women recounted their horrific allegations of sexual misconduct by the 52-year-old singer.