He has since recanted his claims, in accordance with experiences.
The allegations made by the ladies who appeared on Surviving have shaped a authorized scenario for the R&B icon. While he’s reportedly because of the info that got here to gentle within the documentary sequence, the singer could also be planning to take authorized motion in opposition to the community that produced the controversial content material. His lawyer, Steven Greenberg, has lately appeared on ABC News in his protection. During the interview, Greenberg made claims that now seem to have been false.
When requested whether or not R. Kelly was married to when she was underage, the lawyer cited Kelly’s ignorance. “He was married to her when she was fifteen. Elvis was married to Priscilla,” he mentioned. “My understanding is that she didn’t declare to be 15 and so as to get married, she needed to lie about her age.” He additionally said,”Well, hopefully, he’ll sue Lifetime […] for defamation as a result of individuals should not have the ability to do that to somebody.”
A video of R. Kelly boasting about his musical protégée debunks this state of affairs, nevertheless. It exhibits the starlet and the producer in a recording session throughout which Kelly says, “Right now I am producing a really proficient girl — a younger girl. She’s 14, Aaliyah. She’s actual road.”
According to TMZ, Greenberg now says that he “misspoke through the ABC interview, and doubtless should not have put phrases in R. Kelly’s mouth, as he says he by no means spoke to Kelly about Aaliyah particularly.” He additionally added, “That was 20 years in the past. I did not know him 20 years in the past, I did not signify him 20 years in the past. And, I wasn’t invited to any marriage ceremony.”