Advertisement

R. Kelly pleads not guilty charges accusing him of bribe

Advertisement

Los Angeles, Dec 19 (IANS) Singer R. Kelly has formally denied an accusation that he used bribery to obtain a fake ID for Aaliyah. He then entered a not guilty plea to the federal indictment against him brought by federal prosecutors in Brooklyn.

He entered a not guilty plea on Wednesday.

Earlier this month, the Justice Department added a charge of bribery against Kelly, accusing him of obtaining a false ID for an unidentified woman in 1994, reports cnn.com.

Advertisement

The New York Times, citing a person familiar with the matter, reported that Jane Doe was singer Aaliyah, who was 15 years old and whom Kelly married later that year.

The singer appeared in the Chicago courtroom with lawyer Steve Greenberg and spoke only to greet the judge from the Eastern District of New York and to confirm he understood the superseding indictment.

Advertisement

After the hearing, another of Kelly’s attorneys said that the singer maintains his position that the updated indictment is “ridiculous.”

Attorney Douglas Anton said his client is doing well and is writing “uplifting” lyrics while in jail.

Advertisement

In July, Kelly was charged in New York in an indictment that accused him of violating federal law by coercing and transporting women and girls across state lines to engage in illegal sexual activity.

He pleaded not guilty in August to a slew of charges — including counts of racketeering, kidnapping, forced labour and sexual exploitation of a child — in a court in Brooklyn.

Aaliyah Haughton burst onto the R&B music scene as a 15-year-old protégée of Kelly.

Their marriage was annulled in 1995 after Aaliyah’s family became aware of it, the

Chicago Sun-Times had reported.

Aaliyah became a multi-platinum selling artist and launched a movie career with roles in “Romeo Must Die” and “Queen of the Damned.”

She was killed in a plane crash in August 2001.

–IANS

dc/bc

Advertisement

RELATED POSTS

Advertisement

UPDATES

'Raktanchal' music comes with lot of soul, drama: Director

Mumbai, June 5 (IANS) Director Ritam Shrivastav says original tracks of the web series "Raktanchal" add soul and drama to the narrative."'Raktanchal' has been...

'Neerja' director Ram Madhvani launches his production house

Mumbai, June 5 (IANS) Director Ram Madhvani of "Neerja" fame has launched his production house, Ram Madhvani Films.Madhvani, who has an advertising background, entered...

Vaani Kapoor on her favourite roles

New Delhi, June 5 (IANS) Choosing between her favourite character -- from among "Shuddh Desi Romance", "Befikre" and "War" -- is difficult for Vaani...

Anurag Kashyap: My filmmaking process is changing

By Sugandha RawalNew Delhi, June 5 (IANS) Demonetisation plays an integral role in Anurag Kashyaps "Choked: Paisa Bolta Hai", and the filmmaker says it...

On World Environment Day, 'Tenali Rama' star encourages planting trees

Mumbai, June 5 (IANS) On World Environment Day on June 5, actor Krishna Bharadwaj emphasises on protecting nature."This is the right time to realise...
Advertisement
Advertisement