R. Kelly‘s racketeering and sex trafficking trial has been underway for just one day and the bombshells are already dropping.
For, the singer’s former tour manager has testified that the singer allegedly impregnated Aaliyah when she was a minor.
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Kelly’s tour manager from 1984 to 1996, Demetrius Smith, testified at the Brooklyn courthouse that he believed the star “told me that Aaliyah was ‘in trouble.'”
Smith continued “he said, ‘Don’t call Barry, it’s deeper than you think.'” A comment which referred to Kelly’s manager at the time Barry Hankerson – Aaliyah’s uncle.
He claimed the conversation happened after a concert in a limo.
“As soon as the show was over, we got in the car and went to the airport,” he added.
“R. Kelly said, ‘Aaliyah, man. She think’s she’s pregnant. It was a shock.”
It was further claimed that Kelly arranged for a marriage to Aaliyah, who turned 15 just six days prior. The marriage certificate was forged to say she was 18. The union eventually annulled.
The news comes on the same day Aaliyah’s music hit streaming services.
Kelly has been charged with racketeering and 14 additional acts – including sex trafficking, kidnapping, and forced labor. He faces up to 10 years in prison.
This is one of several trials Kelly is on the hook for.