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Damon Dash blames director Harold "Hype" Williams for the untimely death of R&B singer Aaliyah.

Aaliyah Dana Haughton died at age 22 in a plane crash on Aug 25, 2001 in the Bahamas.

Dash, Aaliyah's boyfriend at the time, said she was supposed to be on another private jet sent by singer Lenny Kravitz - not the small plane that she went down on.

Dash said Hype Williams took the private jet, leaving Aaliyah to fly back home on a Cessna 402 twin-engine light aircraft.

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Dash said Aaliyah was anxious to get back home after filming a music video for her single "Rock the Boat." He said Aaliyah texted him with concerns about the small plane.

Williams reportedly overloaded the small aircraft with film equipment, lighting, and sound equipment. The equipment was over the plane's weight limit, and the plane crashed seconds after takeoff.

Aaliyah reportedly survived the crash but she later succumbed to her injuries. Seven others died in the crash including Aaliyah's make up artist and stylist.
 

 
In an interview with ET's Kevin Frazier, Dash said that he heard Kravitz "had offered her a jet, and then Hype took the jet. That's what really pissed me off about the whole situation."

Ironically, Aaliyah's body was flown back to the U.S. on the private jet she was supposed to fly home on.

When asked if he would ever talk to Hype Williams again, Dash responded "F**k him."

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Williams, 51, was the go-to music video director in the 1990s. He directed Kanye West's music videos for "Heartless", "All of the Lights" and "Gold Digger."

He also directed music videos for Busta Rhymes, TLC, Jamie Foxx, Pharrell, Missy Elliott, LL Cool J, Twista, and Beyonce, among others.

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Williams is credited with pioneering camera techniques that are still utilized in music videos today.

His work earned him the Billboard Music Video Award for Best Director of the Year (1996), the NAACP Image Award (1997), MTV Video Music Award (1998) and the BET Award for Best Director (2006) for Kanye West's "Gold Digger".

However, Williams' career took a hit after Aaliyah's death, when he was blacklisted by the music industry for several years.

Watch Dash's interview below.
 

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Missy Elliott was among the stars paying tribute to late singer Aaliyah on the 20th anniversary of her death on Wednesday, Aug. 25.

Aaliyah was just 22 years old when she and seven others died in a plane crash in the Bahamas on August 25, 2001. The small plane crashed just after takeoff from Marsh Harbour, Bahamas, where she had filmed the music video for her single "Rock the Boat."

Marking the anniversary, Missy, 50, wrote on Twitter:

"Babygirl All these years your IMPACT is still felt & your INFLUENCE is seen EVERYWHERE! So many are still CAPTIVATED by your SOUND & STYLE! It's BEAUTIFUL to see a new generation become fans of your ART & love YOUR HEART. We Love you & May your spirit live on 4EVER."

Missy worked with Aaliyah, alongside Timbaland, on her second album One in a Million, which was released in 1996.

Timbaland also paid tribute to Aaliyah on Wednesday, writing: "Me and @MissyElliott was and still!!!!!!!! Ahead Of our time. Rest easy baby girl."

One in a Million was made available to stream for the first time last Friday, Aug. 20, after Aaliyah's estate settled a longstanding dispute with her former label, Blackground Entertainment, which is run by her uncle, former R. Kelly manager Barry Hankerson.

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Music exec Damon Dash - who dated Aaliyah from 2000 until her death the following year - reflected on her legacy during an interview with Entertainment Tonight.

"I was reflecting (that) there hasn't been one day since she's passed, not one in the 20 years, that I haven't either heard her name, heard her record, or seen a picture of her. Every single day she's present in my life and I feel lucky for that."

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Aaliyah, right, is pictured with late rapper Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes who died at age 30 in a car crash on April 25, 2002 in Honduras.
 

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R. Kelly allegedly sexually abused a 17-year-old boy after meeting him at a Chicago-area McDonald's in 2006, a new court filing alleges.

Federal prosecutors in New York alleged new accusations against the disgraced singer, including sexual assault and bribery, going back 30 years.

According to court docs, Kelly, 54, sexually abused the teen after asking him "what he was willing to do to succeed in the music business."

The teen allegedly introduced Kelly to a male friend, aged 16 or 17.

Several years later, when the male was 19 or 20, the star apparently started a sexual relationship with that person, referred to as John Doe #2. Kelly allegedly forced several of his girlfriends to have sex with the young man while he filmed the encounters.

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In court documents filed on Friday, July 23, and obtained by the Chicago Sun-Times, prosecutors asked a judge to permit them to submit new evidence of the allegations at Kelly's upcoming racketeering trial in federal court in Brooklyn, New York.

Kelly faces federal charges of violating the Mann Act involving the coercion and transportation of women and girls in interstate commerce to engage in illegal sexual activity.

The singer, born Robert Sylvester Kelly, has not been charged with any new sexual offenses, according to the Post.

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Prosecutors also claim to have evidence that Kelly sexually abused singer Aaliyah and married her in 1994, when she was 15, so that she couldn't be forced to testify against him. She died in a plane crash in 2001.

According to the Chicago Sun-Times, a woman named Jane Doe #5 claimed Kelly asked her to search the internet for "child pornography involving boys for him".

According to court papers, a search of Kelly's computer corroborated the claim.

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Additionally, the musician is accused of leading an enterprise to recruit women and girls for sex. He denies any wrongdoing. His Brooklyn trial is scheduled for August 9.

A separate trial for child pornography charges is set in his native Chicago, Illinois in September.

Kelly was recently slapped with a $2 million dollar tax lien for allegedly failing to pay taxes in 2008. As reported by Radar Online, the IRS filed a lien against Kelly's former Illinois mansion.

Kelly has pleaded not guilty on all counts.

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Before Jay-Z lucked up with his future wife, Beyonce Knowles, he had a crush on another singer, Aaliyah, who was dating Damon Dash at the time.

Dash, who co-founded Roc-a-Fella Records with Jay-Z, says his former business partner "tried very hard" to get with Aaliyah, but she wasn't impressed with him.

Dash, now 48, dated Aaliyah for about a year until she died in a plane crash at age 22 in 2001.

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Jay-Z was the odd man out in this photo dated July 2, 2000. (L-R) Natane Adcock, Damon Dash, Aaliyah, Jay-Z, Sean "Puff Daddy" Combs and Jennifer Lopez partied together at Combs' Fourth of July party in the Hamptons.

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Although they were not formally engaged, Dash says he and Aaliyah were planning to get married and raise a family.

Dash claims Jay-Z tried his best to woo Aaliyah away from him. He said Jay-Z "went hard" at Aaliyah but she curved him repeatedly. Even though she was dating Dash, Jay-Z couldn't keep his paws off of Aaliyah.

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In this photo dated May 6, 2000, Jay-Z is hugged up on Aaliyah at a Tommy Hilfiger party in Los Angeles. Also pictured are Bijou Phillips, 2nd from right, and Quincy Jones' daughter Kidada Jones, who dated rapper LL Cool J from 1992 to 1994.

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