The R. Kelly case seems to be getting deeper and deeper. The R&B singer was forced to empty his Atlanta mansion last month, and now his federal trial has finally come about.

The minister who lent official credence to Kelly & late-popstar Aaliyah’s marriage testified about the ceremony for the first time. Nathan Edmond, the 73-year old minister, was hit with a subpoena before he decided to testify about the marriage for the first time.

Kelly and Aaliyah both had denied the marriage at the time. The testimony happened a day after 27 years of the marriage, as per CNN. The trial is focusing on Kelly’s marriage with the then-underage Aaliyah. Kelly had forged the proof of her being 18 years old, while she was 15. Edmond said during the trial via video:

I didn’t think it was anybody special. I didn’t understand it at all. The door opened to the bedroom and out stepped Aaliyah and Mr. Kelly. They both had one leg on the jogging suit up to the knee. You couldn’t see her whole face because her hair was over half of her face.

The trial is based on racketeering charges against the singer. The belief is that he owns a criminal enterprise, and it was responsible for Kelly maintaining the fake documents for legalizing his own marriage. Kelly’s former touring manager has already testified on the criminal enterprise. When confronted with a NDA, Edmond claimed that he chuckled, and said “I looked at it, I read it, then I kind of chuckled… and said it wasn’t worth the paper it was written on.”

Kelly has been claimed to have made his girlfriends fight each other as a punishment. His first male accuser recently gave the account of how the singer roped him in. Kelly hasn’t been able to sell his catalog. His own doctor has testified to the fact that he gave his partner Herpes while knowing about it.

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Nitish Vashishtha

Nitish is a freelance writer and correspondent who has been covering celebrity news, pop culture and entertainment for over 4 years. He has experience writing for various media outlets and continues to be passionate about bringing the latest news and insights to readers.

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