Singer R. Kelly on Wednesday pleaded not guilty to charges he bribed to pay for a fake ID for an unnamed female a day before he married R&B singer Aaliyah, then 15 years old, in a secret ceremony in 1994.
Kelly entered the not guilty plea via video from Chicaago where he is in jail on several criminal charges..
The not guilty plea comes after a new charge filed earlier this month in which R Kelly is accused of conspiring with others by paying a bribe in exchange for a “fraudulent identification document” for someone identified only as “Jane Doe” on Aug. 30, 1994.
A day later, Kelly, then 27, married Aaliyah in a secret ceremony he arranged at a hotel in Chicago. The marriage was annulled months later because of her age. Aaliyah died in a plane crash in 2001 at age 22.