Rep. Danny Davis Says R. Kelly Deserves A ‘Second Chance’ After Guilty Verdict

A congressman from Illinois says R. Kelly has a chance for redemption, despite the fact that the R&B singer was discovered responsible this week on expenses regarding racketeering and baby sexual abuse. 

“As an artist, one who’s gifted … I think he’ll be welcomed back into Chicago as a person who can be redeemed,” Rep. Danny Davis (D-Sick.) advised TMZ on Tuesday, the day after Kelly was discovered responsible on one federal racketeering cost and eight expenses associated to intercourse trafficking of minors and ladies. 

Davis serves Illinois’ seventh Congressional District, which incorporates components of Chicago. Kelly, who’s initially from the town, nonetheless has a big base of supporters there regardless of a long time of allegations of sexual abuse in opposition to minors. 

Davis clarified his feedback in a press release to HuffPost on Tuesday afternoon.

“Kelly has been accused of criminal acts, gone through a court of law, been convicted and must serve whatever time the court decides,” he stated, including that he’s “a law and order policy maker” and that “women and children must be respected and protected at all times and at all costs.” 

Davis’ main challenger, Kina Collins, ripped into the congressman for supporting Kelly.

“This is beyond distasteful to the survivors whose voices were finally heard and have just started going through the healing process right now,” Collins tweeted

“I’m still shocked that @RepDannyDavis would choose today of all days to focus on 2nd chances for a serial abuser rather than uplifting survivors,” she wrote in a separate tweet. “He’s silent about attacks on our reproductive rights ― attacks that disproportionately hurt Black women ― but he has time for R Kelly.” 

The overwhelming majority of victims who testified at Kelly’s trial in New York have been younger Black ladies, a few of whom have been underage when Kelly first sexually abused them. All of them described Kelly creating an surroundings of concern, in addition to utilizing his fame and energy to groom and management them. A number of testified that the singer applied strict guidelines that included calling him “Daddy,” subjected them to bodily beatings, and managed what they wore, the place they went and what they ate. 

“He could put the fear of God in me very quickly,” one sufferer stated of Kelly throughout her testimony. 

“It took years of activism ― led by Black women ― to hold R. Kelly accountable. He has caused immeasurable harm to so many women in our district and across Chicago,” Collins stated. “He hasn’t even been sentenced, let alone begun to serve his time. When so many survivors are just now finally able to begin their healing process, Congressman Davis’ statement shows just how out of touch he is with the community he claims to represent.”

Kelly will head to Chicago subsequent to face extra federal expenses regarding sexual abuse. His sentencing within the New York trial is ready for Could, and he may face life in jail.