R. Kelly Thought Aaliyah Was Pregnant, His Tour Manager Testifies

Written by on August 21, 2021

R. Kelly’s intercourse trafficking trial in New York kicked off this week. On Friday, his former tour supervisor Demetrius Smith took the stand the place he dropped a bombshell testimony concerning Kelly’s marriage to Aaliyah. In accordance with Billboard, Smith mentioned that R. Kelly was satisfied he had impregnated Aaliyah when she was a minor. Smith mentioned that Kelly “instructed me that Aaliyah was ‘in bother.'”

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“He mentioned, ‘Do not name Barry, it is deeper than you suppose,” Smith recounted in courtroom of Kelly warning him of Aaliyah’s uncle and supervisor, Barry Hankerson. Smith mentioned the dialog with Kelly occurred earlier than a live performance, although he didn’t pinpoint which metropolis they had been in. He added that Kelly instructed him to e book an in a single day flight instantly after the present was achieved. 

Smith mentioned that Kelly was quiet on the drive to the airport the place the 2 had been accompanied by the singer’s bodyguard Tyree Jameson. “‘Aaliyah, man. She thinks she’s pregnant,'” Smith recalled Kelly telling him through the quiet automotive experience.

Smith defined that Kelly was crying about how he wanted to guard himself from going to jail as soon as they landed in Chicago. In the meantime, Kelly’s enterprise supervisor and accountant Daryl McDavid was reportedly transferring ahead with plans to get a wedding license for the singer and Aaliyah. Smith mentioned, “I instructed Robert that he should not hearken to Daryl,” including that he believed Aaliyah was “too younger.”

Smith admitted that he provided to assist get his arms on a counterfeit marriage license throughout a subsequent assembly alongside Aaliyah, Kelly, and McDavid. “I used to be at all times in objection to what Robert was being instructed to do,” Smith mentioned, including that he solely made the provide as a way to stop being booted from Kelly’s interior circle. 

Smith testified that he bribed a clerk from the Illinois Division of Human Providers with $500 for one of many IDs. Then, he mentioned he obtained a second ID, within the type of work identification, from a mail courier service. 

Although neither had been legitimate identification to legally wed, Smith mentioned he went alongside Kelly and Aaliyah to Maywood, IL to use for a wedding license when Aaliyah was solely 15-years-old and Kelly was 27. Assistant U.S. Legal professional Maria Cruz Melendez tried to pry for extra data whereas he was beneath oath on how he was capable of safe the wedding license. 

“I am really uncomfortable with this, your honor… repeatedly speaking about Aaliyah and her dad and mom aren’t right here,” Smith instructed the courtroom. 

Smith is due again in courtroom on Monday to proceed his testimony in R. Kelly’s racketeering case. 


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