R Kelly was only married to 15 year old Aaliyah for a few days - but he beat the teenager during their brief marriage, according to a non-disclosure agreement they both signed.
Jim DeRogatis, a Chicago reporter who has been pursuing R Kelly for years, was a guest on the New York Times’ podcast series The Popcast with host Jon Caramanica last year.
Their conversation is particularly timely now, given the release of the Lifetime documentary - Surviving R Kelly.
Jim claims thats he personally went through the sealed legal documents related to R Kelly and Aaliyah’s annulment.
“The annulment of the Aaliyah marriage and Aaliyah’s legal claim against him had been sealed in Detroit…they were sealed by the court but those documents were provided to me,” Jim said.
“It’s a harrowing document, a non-disclosure agreement on both her part and Kelly’s, vowing not to pursue further legal claims for physical abuse. So it wasn’t just an underage sexual relationship, he hit her, allegedly, according to that court document.”
R Kelly's marriage to 15 year old Aaliyah made international news, shortly after the release of the Aaliyah's debut album Age Ain’t Nothing but a Number.
The official Illinois wedding certificate was leaked - showing that Aaliyah falsified her age, listing it as 18.