R. Kelly Banned From Philadelphia
Embattled music star, R. Kelly has been banned from Philadelphia over his alleged sexual, physical, and mental abuse of young women and girls.
The ban is coming in the wake of the release of Lifetime’s docuseries “Surviving R. Kelly.” The docuseries details Kelly’s alleged long history of sexual misconduct.
It is learnt that the Philadelphia City Council voted unanimously to ban the singer from stepping foot in the city as part of Councilwoman Helen Gym’s “Mute R. Kelly” resolution, CBS Philly reports
“We reject a system that silences black women and accepts black pain,” Gym confirmed on Twitter. “We believe survivors. R. Kelly is not welcome in Philadelphia. This symbolic act of solidarity puts all sexual predators on notice.”
She also told the Philadelphia Inquirer that,
“The resolution is about not accepting. It’s about being clear that we will not accept a future where rape is accepted, and rapists and sexual predators get away with their acts. I believe that R. Kelly and predators like him should be shamed and banished from the public sphere.”
CBS Philly further revealed that the resolution is only symbolic, as it is not enforceable and Kelly will not be arrested or physically removed from the city if he tries to perform or just stops by, but Gym sees the resolution as a statement letting the singer know that the city supports his survivors and condemns sexual abuse.
It would be recalled that Kelly has continued to maintain his innocence of the allegations against him, and has not been convicted of any sex crimes.