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R. Kelly’s Get Out of Jail Free Card

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R. Kelly’s Get Out of Jail Free Card

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Matty Mendez, Reporter

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After being charged with ten counts of aggravated sexual abuse and subsequent incarceration over outstanding child support payments summing over more $160,000 to one of his victims, infamous rap artist R. Kelly was released from Cook County Jail Wednesday afternoon.

TMZ reported that Kelly’s bail was funded by a “benefactor,” and the rapper has expressed gratitude to his fans for their unwavering support despite allegations.

As it stands, Kelly has spent an aggregate six days in custody, his first stint following the sentencing on the abuse charges mentioned above, a sentence that was cut short by “a 47-year-old suburban Chicago business owner” who posted Kelly’s $100,000 bail. And so it seems that every attempt to immure Kelly has been matched by subsidy from his fans.

In the wake of the recent Lifetime docu-series “Surviving R. Kelly” and in an interview with Gayle King for CBS, Kelly responded to his accusers and the general controversy shrouding him with a teary-eyed plea stating “I’m not really fighting for my career here — I’m fighting for my rights, and I’m fighting to have a relationship with my kids, more than anything, because I missed a lot of years of their life. They love me, and I love them…”

However, it must be said this is not a story about R. Kelly’s paternity and remorse towards his children. Rather, a question of competence to the system which allows R. Kelly, maintaining that he is not guilty against testimony and verdict, to exit prison on two separate occasions and failing to provide due justice for his accredited victims.

 

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