In 1994, let’s not forget, Kelly, then 27, married his 15-year-old protégé Aaliyah in a secret ceremony.The marriage was annulled shortly after the release of Aaliyah’s R.But I can tell you I loved her, I can tell you she loved me, we was very close.We were, you know, best best best best friends.”In 1996, Tiffany Hawkins, a young woman from Kelly’s native Chicago, filed suit against Kelly claiming she “suffered personal injuries and severe emotional harm because she had sex with the singer and he encouraged her to participate in group sex with him and other underage girls,” reported the Chicago Sun-Times. 2001, a woman named Tracy Sampson filed a suit against Kelly, claiming that she slept with Kelly when she was 17, reported the Sun-Times.Kelly settled with Sampson for an undisclosed sum, too.“I think in the history of rock ‘n’ roll, rock music, or pop culture people misbehaving and behaving badly sexually with young women, rare is the amount of evidence compiled against anyone apart from R.“Well, because of Aaliyah’s passing, as I’ve always said, out of respect for her mother who’s sick and her father who’s passed, I will never have that conversation with anyone,” he told GQ earlier this year.
Rumors about the Black Panties singer and 19-year-old Halle Calhoun have been circulating for some time now, however the two appear to have gone public with their relationship after they allowed themselves to be photographed together at an Atlanta party over the weekend. Kelly, lest we forget, has never been found guilty of a sex crime—much less done anything approaching hard time for child sexual abuse—despite the fact that there was a time when the street corners of every major city were littered with vendors flogging bootleg copies of a video showing Kelly engaged in sex with, and urinating on, an allegedly underage girl.
The girl in the video, who was referred to by name by Kelly in the footage, was said by her family to have been 14 at the time the tape.
Kelly-produced debut album, Age Ain’t Nothing But A Number, whose title track was, of course, written by Kelly.
Kelly has, over the years, tried to cast his marriage to the late Aaliyah as a kind of crazed and innocent affair, even though it was statutory rape.
Kelly was indicted on child pornography charges, and that same month, in June 2002, he was arrested again after authorities searched his Florida home and discovered 12 images of an allegedly underage girl—the very same girl from the sex tape—on a digital camera inside of a towel inside of a duffel bag.
“The images, which police in Polk County, Fla., had confiscated in June, include nine of the girl naked and three of the girl involved in sexual acts with Kelly, police said,” according to the Chicago Sun-Times.