Karma is finally catching up with R. Kelly, the uncle of late singer Aaliyah told The Post – a day after the evil crooner was convicted of sexually abusing women and children for decades.
“I think you have to pay the price for what you did. He’s had too many second chances, ”said producer Barry Hankerson, 74, who introduced his niece to the R&B star at the age of 12 before the couple illegally married. “He’s going to get whatever he has to come.”
Aaliyah was perhaps only 13 when Kelly, then in her mid-twenties, began sexually abusing her after the two began collaborating on her debut album, “Age Ain’t Nothing But a Number” , according to testimony at trial.
Hankerson insisted he didn’t know the “Bump n ‘Grind” frontman was going after his protégé.
The Grammy-winning multiplatinum artist real name Robert Sylvester Kelly was 27 when he married Aaliyah, 15, using a fake ID because he thought she was pregnant.
He allegedly devised the matrimonial plan to dodge criminal charges for sex with a minor and prevent her from testifying about the abuse, his manager told jurors during the trial in federal court in Brooklyn.
Hankerson said her niece “didn’t admire R. Kelly or the people in her orbit, she didn’t want to be with them.”
After Aaliyah’s tragic death in a plane crash in 2001, Hankerson said he ignored the “Ignition” singer’s calls and the two haven’t spoken to each other for 20 years.
Kelly, 54, was convicted of all nine counts against him, including racketeering and violations of the Mann Act, which prohibits the transportation of people across state borders for immoral purposes. He faces 10 years in life in prison upon his conviction, which is scheduled for May 4, 2022.
Prosecutors described Kelly as a predator who used her fame and a network of employees and friends to sexually exploit and physically assault women, girls and boys.
When asked how he thought Aaliyah would have reacted to the verdict, Hankerson replied, “I am not speaking for her, she is not here to speak.”
Kelly’s attorney, Devereaux Cannick, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.