R. Kelly is facing more trouble as federal prosecutors unveil new allegations of sexual abuse and accusations of bribery. According to The Chicago Suntimes, prosecutors in New York said the R&B star collaborated with someone claiming to be a crisis manager and bribed a clerk in Cook County, Illinois in 2019.
Prosecutors, who recovered recordings from Kelly's phone, said the crisis manager told Kelly that he had paid a Cook County clerk $2,500 and obtained a “burner” phone for the clerk to help get information about the singer's legal trouble.
“That’s done,” the crisis manager said after allegedly paying the clerk. “You don’t know nothing.”
Kelly is also accused of paying an Illinois state employee in 1994 to create a fake ID for the late singer Aaliyah Haughton, who was 15 at the time. Prosecutors said Kelly married Aaliyah on Aug. 31, 1994 after obtaining the fake ID, aiming to make sure she could not be forced to testify against him.
The latest document also reveals details about Kelly's alleged encounter with a 17-year-old boy he met at a McDonald’s in 2006. The artist is accused of sexually abusing the boy after inviting him to his studio to help him with his musical aspirations. Prosecutors said Kelly later had another sexual relationship with a male friend of the 17-year-old teen. According to NPR, Kelly allegedly forced several other girls to have sex with the friend of the 17-year-old and filmed the incidents.