“It Just Didn’t Ever Happen.” R. Kelly’s Lawyer Claims Singer Was Unaware Of Aaliyah’s Real Age When Marrying Her
After the premiere of Lifetime’s Surviving R. Kelly, many women have stepped forward with claims that the artist has preyed on young women specifically for decades. Women of all ages claim they either voluntarily entered relationships with the “12 Play” artist that eventually turned abusive and others claim the R&B star groomed them as teenage girls with promises of music careers. In a defensive interview last Thursday, R. Kelly’s lawyer Steven Greenberg addressed the infamous relationship that was alleged to have occurred between R. Kelly and the late Princess of R&B, Aaliyah. In the ABC News interview the lawyer says that R. Kelly had “no idea” that the “One In A Million” singer was 15-years-old at the time they were married. He also says the six-part documentary is completely falsified.
“There are no underage victims.”
“There are no sexual assault victims. There are no victims of domestic violence that they’re going to find. It just didn’t ever happen.”
The lawyer also claimed that the responsibility was on Aaliyah to be truthful about her age and implies his client would’ve never married her had he known she was a minor.
“… my understanding is that she did not claim to be 15, and in order to get married, she had to lie about her age.”
In an interview with the Associated Press, Greenberg also claims that Surviving R. Kelly is the work of producers soliciting lies from disgruntled groupies and ex-lovers for profit and ratings
“The allegations aren’t true because he never knowingly had sex with an underage woman. He never forced anyone to do anything, he never held anyone captive, he never abused anyone.”
“Some producer went running around and solicited all these people, did a Jerry Springer-esque show and there is all this uproar.”
“The series is trash TV. There’s no reason to watch the series.”
While artists such as Lady Gaga and Omarion from B2K have made statements that they will no longer perform songs written by the artist or will pull those works from streaming services, Greenberg is convinced that that severance of ties is temporary and that his client’s innocence will prevail:
“I think R. Kelly is going to be the easiest client I ever had, because he didn’t do anything wrong and he’s not going to get charged with anything. So I’m not going to have to do anything.”
You can watch Greenberg’s defense below: