Aaliyah’s uncle and former record label owner Barry Hankerson talks about her relationship with her late niece and R Kelly. Hankerson is promoting the release of Alia’s music on the streaming platform. During the interview, it is difficult for Hankerson to avoid questions about Kelly’s alleged sexual abuse of underage girls. Now, Hankerson is saying that his sister, Aaliyah’s mother, was aware of Kelly’s relationship with Aaliyah.
Barry Hankerson says Aaliyah’s mom knew about her relationship with R. Kelly
Hankerson owned Blackground Records, a boutique label to which both Kelly and Aaliyah were signed. He introduced Aaliya to Kelley when Aaliyah was 12 and Kelly was 24 with the hope that Kelly would become Aaliyah’s musical mentor and record producer. In the process of Kelly producing Aaliyah’s debut album, Hankerson learned that the two were in a relationship.
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madame noire Reportedly, Hankerson recently told Dr. Oz that he believed Aaliyah’s mother knew more about the relationship than she led. “[I] There was no clue,” he said. “[I was] Completely unknown to him. I think my sister knew a lot more than she knew.
He first. talked with Ricky Smiley Morning Show About her reaction to marriage and its lasting impact on her. “I really had to consider what my actions would be and I found out I wasn’t a hardcore criminal because I couldn’t kill anyone,” he told the radio host. “So I took it to Minister Farrakhan, prayed about it, and decided to let God handle it… I just put up a wall. It’s very emotional for me. It’s for my whole family.” Brings back a lot of bad thoughts for me. It affected my whole family. It’s just a bad thing.”
Aaliyah’s parents annulled the marriage and denied there was ever a relationship
Kelly’s former road manager Demetrius Smith Testified at Kelly’s Brooklyn criminal trial That Aaliyah and Kelly married illegally in August 1994. At the time, Aaliyah was 15 and Kelly was 27. Smith claims that he, along with others in Kelly’s camp, knew of the relationship between the two singers. Kelly reportedly wanted to marry Aaliyah after Aaliyah found out she was pregnant. Smith says Kelly wanted to avoid jail time.
To get married, Smith confesses to bribing an Illinois government employee by paying $500 to secure a fake ID for Aaliyah. mtv news In 1994 the marriage story broke. Aaliyah’s parents annulled the marriage in 1996, but they have always denied that their daughter and Kelly ever had an affair.
R Kelly’s former road manager testifies about Kelly’s illegal marriage to Aaliyah
Aaliyah’s mother Diane Houghton spoke out via Twitter in 2019, when a former background dancer/singer for Kylie claimed that she walked into Kelley on the back of a tour bus to have sex with Aaliyah, When Alia was just 13 years old. “My husband and I were always on tour with [Aaliyah] And in interviews and everywhere she went throughout her career,” Statement Read in part. “Whatever this lady is [who is making the allegations], I have never seen him anywhere on planet Earth.”
Barry Hankerson says he’s separated from his sister
Hankerson says he hasn’t had a relationship with Aaliyah’s mother since Aaliyah’s tragic 2001 plane crash. in an interview with Board, Hanerson elaborated, “I’ll be very clear with you, since the death of my niece, I don’t have the same relationship with my sister as before, we were very close,” he admits. “But when you lose a child or niece that you really love, it was difficult for my family. So, a lot has changed in my family.”
Kelly’s criminal trial is still ongoing, so it’s hard to imagine peace in the family. Hopefully, things will be smooth as soon as possible.