R. Kelly demanded that one of his accusers “sing like Aaliyah” — the late singer he famously married when she was just 15, a witness testified at the disgraced pop star’s federal sex trafficking trial Wednesday.
Testifying on the 20th anniversary of Aaliyah’s plane crash death, Malak Benabdallah said that her friend and Kelly accuser — identified as Jane Doe 5 in court — once texted her that he wanted her to sing like his underaged ex.
“He has me singing and s–t,” Beabdallah recalled Doe’s text in 2015 as saying. “Seductive songs kind of like Aaliyah and s–t.”
The testimony comes during the second week of Kelly’s trial on nine counts of racketeering and violations of the federal Mann Act for allegedly warehousing and abusing underage girls for years.
Doe, who said Kelly, 54, first molested her when she was 17, spent three days on the witness stand this week and said the “I Believe I Can Fly” crooner told her he married Aaliyah in 1994 because she was pregnant and needed a spouse to get an abortion.
Her parents wouldn’t consent, she claimed he told her.
Aaliyah, famous for hits like “Are You That Somebody?”, died on Aug. 25, 2001 in a plane crash in the Bahamas.
On Thursday, Kelly pal Keith Williams also testified that he found the singer a minister to perform the illicit ceremony.
“He told me he wanted to marry Aaliyah,” Williams said, adding that Kelly asked him, “Do you know a minister?”
Doe also testified that Kelly had her and other girls he kept for sex write “collateral” letters — meant to implicate them and clear him if he were ever charged and brought to trial.
In one letter, Doe said Kelly made her write him a letter saying, “if you don’t bring me back that d–k I’m going to tell everyone you were raping me.”
She said the fallen singer told her a lawyer in a prior case had advised him to get the letters from his “girlfriends” to give him cover if he were accused of molestation.