Philadelphia City Councilwoman Helen Gym Successfully Bans R. Kelly
A Philadelphia City Councilwoman has been victorious in banning R. Kelly from the city of brotherly love. Helen Gym and the city council successfully passed a resolution barring the Pied Piper from Philly, CBS reports.
“This resolution is about fundamentally stating a public declaration that R. Kelly and sexual predators like him don’t belong in a public sphere, with public support,” Gym said in a statement. “This symbolic act of solidarity puts all sexual predators on notice.”
The resolution, which was voted on unanimously, comes after the Lifetime docu-series Surviving R. Kelly that furthered exposed the singer as a sexual predator. Throughout the six-part documentary, women told graphic accounts of how the 52-year-old preyed on them during their teenage years and engaged in sexual relationships with them that were also emotionally abusive.
“We reject a system that silences Black women and accepts Black pain. We believe survivors. R. Kelly is not welcome in Philadelphia,” Gym tweeted.
Gym worked with other councilwomen Blondell Reynolds Brown, and Cherelle L. Parker on this resolution.
This is the latest stand against Kelly in the collapse of his career. He was also dropped from RCA Records, the record label he was signed to for a majority of his career. He is also being investigated in Georgia for the allegations that he keeps women in his Atlanta home against their will.