R. Kelly has been charged with bribing a government official in order to get a fraudulent identification document to marry the late Aaliyah in 1994.
He has been accused of, bribing his way through obtaining a marriage license for Aaliyah Dana Haughton that listed her age as 18, (although she was 15).
Kelly and Aaliyah got married in 1994 when he was 27 but the marriage was annulled months later because Aaliyah was under age.
Aaliyah was just 14 when she dropped her first album, “Age Ain’t Nothing but a Number,” which was released in 1994 and produced by R. Kelly.
She died in a plane crash in 2001.
The new charge is an addition to a series of federal indictments filed against R. Kelly, who is accused of abusing women and girls for more than two decades, including kidnapping, forced labor and sending child pornography across state lines.
Steven Greenberg, R. Kelly’s lawyer, told ABC News earlier this year that his client had “no idea” Aaliyah was 15 when they married.
“My understanding is that she did not claim to be 15, and in order to get married, she had to lie about her age,” Mr. Greenberg said at the time.
Responding to the New York Times on Thursday, Mr Greenberg said the new charge “does not appear to materially alter the landscape”.