R. Kelly ‘can be redeemed,’ says Rep. Danny Davis

R. Kelly has been found guilty of crime and sex crimes, but Representative Danny Davis does not believe he is without redemption.

The 54-year-old singer “I Believe I Can Fly” was found guilty on Monday of all nine counts in his case of violence and sex trafficking in New York. He risks 10 years in prison.

The guilty verdict immediately questioned the future of Kelly’s famous work and revived debates over whether art and artist can be separated by the public.

For his part, Davis (D-Ill.) Believes that there may be a future for the star in Chicago.

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“As an artist, a gifted person, I think he will be welcomed back to Chicago as someone who can be redeemed,” the politician told TMZ. “I believe a lot in what’s called second chances.”

He then noted The Second Chance Act, which he fought for in 2007. The law helps provide opportunities for jobs, housing and more to former inmates.

“It really depends on him,” Davis said.

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When asked what he would tell Kelly if given the opportunity, Davis said, “Try to find peace with the Creator and peace with himself and reconcile with the universe for the actions he may have committed.”

Kelly was found guilty of one charge of crime, including 14 underlying acts of sexual exploitation of a child, kidnapping, bribery and charges of sex trafficking. The taxes went back more than two decades.

Rep.  Danny Davis said R. Kelly 'can be redeemed'.

Rep. Danny Davis said R. Kelly ‘can be redeemed’.
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Kelly was also charged with eight violations of the Mann Act, making it illegal to transport anyone across state borders “for any immoral purpose.”

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He has denied any wrongdoing.

He will be sentenced on Wednesday, May 4, 2022 and risks a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in prison, but can get up to a life sentence.

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The Associated Press and Fox News’ Jessica Napoli contributed to this report

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