After saying that the disgraced musician “has the right to redeem himself” despite his sex trafficking and racketeering conviction, Akon became the most recent public figure to face backlash for his comments on R. Kelly’s legal issues.
During a recent interview with TMZ, the Senegalese-American musician made those remarks. “There’s always a way to redeem yourself,” the 48-year-old remarked, “but you have to acknowledge the reality that you’re wrong first.” “He has the right to make amends for his errors. He has the right to make amends to people he has wronged.”
Kelly was destined to go through his current circumstances, according to the “Locked Up” singer, who spoke about his religious beliefs and why Kelly was meant to go through them. He stated, “I think that God makes no mistakes.” “People may argue all they want, but if it’s happening to him, it’s supposed to happen to him for whatever reason.” Now, that’s something he has to have within himself to re-evaluate his entire life, his way of being because if he gets caught up in a scenario like that, it’s between him and God.”
Kelly, 54, was found guilty on all nine counts of sex trafficking and racketeering by a New York jury on September 27. Kelly was accused of grooming and sexually abusing young girls and women. Nine women and two men testified against the artist in court, alleging that he sexually molested them.
During the conversation, though, Akon seemed to encourage Kelly’s victims to find a place in their hearts to forgive the troubled R&B singer. “The people he wronged have the opportunity to determine whether or not they want to forgive him,” Akon added. “I feel that refusing to forgive others causes you to suffer even more. You have to let go of everything and put it in the hands of the Lord, and everything will work out as it should.”
Akon also talked about Kelly’s talent and who he thinks should eventually assess his behavior later in the interview. “At the end of the day, you can’t deny his talent,” the businessman said. “He is one of the best R&B musicians, writers, and producers to ever work in the industry. That’s something you can’t take away from him.”
He went on to say, “We’re not the ones to determine who he is as a person because we weren’t there.” He is the only one who can help himself. It’s between him, God, and the victims what happened.”
Akon’s words, on the other hand, were widely panned on social media. Take a look at some of the responses below:
— KYLE JUSZCZYK STAN ACCOUNT (@BRAHMABULL919) October 1, 2021
I mean, R. Kelly really shouldn’t have any more life that isn’t in jail after everything he’s done. https://t.co/og7i6ikqPo
— Jonny (@yoshifan331) October 1, 2021
You mean repeated mistakes that span well over a decade of him going after underage girls and threatening to use his fame and and influence to keep the truth from ever being known… yeah okay
— AMW 🥶 (@Collegekidd_17) October 3, 2021
@Akon is not wrong but hes not right when it comes to R.Kelly, no Justice no forgiveness. hes been messing with underage girls, teenage girls for years, How do you redeem self for shit like that, I can’t understand. R.Kelly is a predator who needs to be off the streets & Therapy.
— Alex_P_Mizu🐍🦇 (@MizuMusashi) October 1, 2021
Those are pretty big mistakes though bro, and repeated over many years.
— Matthew Andrade (@Andrade_7) October 1, 2021
@Akon yeah I don’t think you should have a say in this R Kelly matter either… just because your charges were dropped from stealing cars.R Kelly did way worse things than you and can’t compare them. #Educate yourself before looking dumb please. #Crazy #LockHimUp #ThrowAwayTheKey
— Malaea Andrea (@Love_Moca94) October 1, 2021