R. Kelly is slated to be beamed into a Brooklyn courtroom from federal lockup in Chicago next week — so he can be arraigned on a fresh bribery charge related to his illicit 1994 marriage to the late singer Aaliyah.
The US Attorney’s office in Brooklyn pushed for federal Judge Ann Donnelly to require Kelly — who has a phobia of flying — to appear in person for the Dec. 18 arraignment over allegations that he paid off a government employee in 1994 to get a 15-year-old Aaliyah a fake ID.
But Donnelly granted Kelly’s attorneys’ request to have the fallen “I Believe I Can Fly” crooner appear via video conference to enter a plea on the new charge.
Kelly is charged with racketeering in Brooklyn and also faces state and federal charges in Chicago and Minneapolis. The raps include kidnapping, forced labor, possession of child pornography, engaging in prostitution with a minor, and moving girls across state lines for sex. He denies all the charges.
Kelly’s marriage to Aaliyah, whose real name was Aaliyah Haughton, reportedly ended a few days after they wed — when Aaliyah’s parents found out about the union and forced her to have it expunged.
She was just 15 years old, and he was 27.
Prosecutors in Chicago have argued that the marriage was proof that he is a “prolific” abuser of young girls and that he needs to stay locked up while he awaits trial.
“Far from being a one-time mistake, defendant’s sexual abuse of minors was intentional and prolific,” prosecutors wrote in September.
Aaliyah, who hails from Brooklyn, refused to comment publicly on the marriage before her 2001 death in a plane crash.
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