R. Kelly got 30 years of imprisonment for racketeering, child pornography, and sex trafficking in 2022
Lifetime Network, on the basis of this trial, released the final installment of the series 'Surviving R. Kelly', which chronicles the stories of the victims.
One of the parts of the series also highlighted the illegitimate marriage of R. Kelly with the R&B icon Aaliyah. The court trials also touched upon this.
Aaliyah met R. Kelly when she was 13 years old. They met each other via her uncle and manager Barry Hankerson. Robert Slyvester Kelly mentored young Aaliyah.
He helped her to produce and write her first album 'Age Ain't Nothing But A Number'. The album debuted at No. 18 on Billboard 200 and became a double platinum.
During the 2021 trial, Kelly's former tour manager Demetrius Smith revealed that the producer was being playful, friendly, and seducing her. During a 1994 concert, Kelly told him that Aaliyah got pregnant.
He said that R. Kelly wanted to protect himself and Aaliyah and prevent himself from imprisonment, he married Aaliyah.
R. Kelly also forged the age of the singer on the marriage certificate to conceal her age and so, if they are married, they can dodge the charges when found pregnant. Lisa Van Allen told the Vlad TV