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Dame Dash Says Aaliyah Was ‘Happy To Be Away’ from R. Kelly Following Their Marriage

Aaliyah with boyfriend Damon Dash
Singer Aaliyah with boyfriend Damon Dash arrive at the World Premiere of “The Others” at the Paris Theater in New York City. 08/02/2001 Photo: Evan Agostini/ImageDirect

*Dame Dash was tapped by Lifetime to spill the tea about R. Kelly and Aaliyah in “Surviving R. Kelly Part II: The Reckoning,” docuseries, which kicks off tonight. 

In a clip posted by TMZ, Dash dishes about Kelly and Aaliyah’s secret marriage when she was 15. According to the Roc-a-Fella Records co-founder, the late singer wanted nothing to do with Kellz following their split. 

“Aaliyah was like the sacrificial lamb for all that, bro, because she didn’t deserve none of that,” Dash explains, via Complex. “Good soul, good girl, and wasn’t even really so resentful—like, ‘Let that man live but keep him the f*ck away from me.’ That’s all she wanted, she was just happy to be away.”

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He goes on to say, “I know the whole story, I know it was the cover-up and all of that, but how does that cover it up? It just made the conversation less crazy, like oh he married a child.”

We previously reported…  Kelly’s former tour manager Demetrius Smith told TMZ he got a fake ID for Aaliyah a the day before her marriage to Kelly. The disgraced R&B star has denied these claims in court.

“That was a headline, that was like, a rumor,” Dash said of the taboo marriage between R. Kelly and Aaliyah. “That was something talked about like it was normal. It wasn’t like, ‘Ew, disgusting, you married a 13-year-old.’ It was like, ‘Oh you married Aaliyah?’ She’s 13.”

When the interviewer noted Aaliyah’s age of 15 at the time she allegedly married R. Kelly, Dame responds :”Yeah, but the 15 is 13, man,” he responded. “I don’t have to be accurate because I don’t care. 15, 13, anything under 18 is disgusting.”

The first episode of the Lifetime docuseries airs Thursday, Jan. 2.

R. Kelly is currently awaiting jailed in Chicago on numerous charges of sexual assault on young women and girls.

Ny MaGee
Ny MaGee is an entertainment reporter with over 15 years of experience working in the film industry in areas including production and post-production, marketing, distribution, and acquisitions. She has worked for legendary film producer Roger Corman, Quentin Tarantino's production team at Miramax, the late Larry Flynt, MTV/ VH1, Hallmark Channel, Paramount, Jim Henson Co., Parade Magazine, and various LA-based companies representing above-the-line talent.

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