It’s being reported that singer R KELLY – still the subject of ongoing sexual allegations and legal proceedings- is facing new charges. It’s said that he bribed a government official in order to get a fraudulent identification document to marry an under-age girl in 1994. The girl, named only as “Jane Doe” in the documents, has widely been identified by the US media as singer Aaliyah. They married when she was 15 and Kelly was 27. The marriage certificate listed her age as 18. This latest criminal indictment was filed by federal prosecutors in Brooklyn, New York. They also say he and his entourage headed up a racketeering operation, across two decades, which recruited women and under-age girls for illegal sexual activity. Court documents reportedly say the bribe was paid on 30 August 1994 – just one day before the marriage licence to Aaliyah was granted.

Their marriage, of course, was annulled months later. Sadly Aaliyah was to die in a plane crash in 2001. Intriguingly, her debut album, ‘Age Ain’t Nothing But A Number’, was produced and written by Kelly.