In his Chicago trial, R. Kelly won’t be accused of sexually abusing Aaliyah or of having a fake marriage.


R Kelly’s federal trial this month won’t include any evidence of his marriage to Aaliyah. Kelly will stand trial in Chicago on allegations of sexual assault and child pornography. When Aaliyah was 15 years old in 1994, Kelly married her in secret. Join our weekday newsletter list to receive original analysis, news, and trends in your inbox. In his upcoming Chicago federal trial on child pornography charges, R Kelly’s brief phony marriage to Randamp;B artist Aaliyah won’t be mentioned, according to court filings.

Kelly, whose true name is Robert Sylvester Kelly, was given a 30 year prison term in June by a federal judge in New York for racketeering and sex trafficking.

On August 15, he will stand trial in a second federal courtroom in Chicago for allegedly creating child pornography and abusing six youngsters.

According to court records accessed by Insider, Northern Illinois District Court Judge Harry D. Leinenweber made decisions on a number of motions pertaining to the admissibility of evidence on Wednesday.

When the prosecution said it wouldn’t be presenting evidence of the relationship, Leinenweber rejected Kelly’s move to exclude evidence of his marriage and alleged sexual relationship with Aaliyah on the grounds that it was pointless, according to court records.

The documents claim that Kelly also asked the government not to submit any proof that he had given any sexual partner herpes, that he had gotten any complainant pregnant, or that he had helped orchestrate any abortions.

The administration declared that it had no intention of presenting any proof of either circumstance.

Judge Leinenweber did decide to include evidence that Kelly had previously been sued by accusers and proof of his prior conviction in 2021, contrary to Kelly’s request.

When Aaliyah was 12 years old, Kelly’s uncle Barry Hankerson, who also managed the Randamp;B artist, introduced them, according to testimony from Kelly’s former manager at his New York trial.

In 1992, at the request of her uncle, Kelly and his manager Demetrius Smith flew to Aaliyah’s house in Detroit to hear her sing. Smith remarked that the meeting went well, calling Aaliyah’s vocals “angelic.” Then Kelly started creating and writing her music.

According to testimony in the New York trial, Kelly wed Aaliyah ineligibly in 1994 when he was 27 and she was 15 in order for her to obtain an abortion without her parents’ consent.

Kelly’s 2021 trial had a number of witnesses who testified to the jury about how Kelly bought Aaliyah a phony ID by paying off a government worker in Illinois in order to marry her.

Derrel McDavid and Milton Brown, two of Kelly’s former workers, are also accused in the case of conspiring to hide evidence before Kelly’s 2008 child porn trial in Cook County.

To the Chicago charges, Kelly, McDavid, and Brown have all entered not guilty pleas.