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Benzino doesn’t think R. Kelly should “rot in jail” for sex crimes

Benzino shared his opinion that R. Kelly should receive mercy following his convictions for child sex crimes. As a guest on the We in Miami podcast, the reality star discussed his thoughts on Kelly’s conviction.

“Everyone deserves a second chance,” he exclaimed after asking whether the Chicago singer, legal name Robert Kelly, should be forgiven. “But I know Elvis (Presley)…a lot of motherfuckers fuck with 14, 15 year olds. Ni**as fucking with young girls. To keep it 100. I do not like that. Again, the legal age is 16, so is it okay for a ni**a to do it? Yes or no?”

“If it’s legal, is it okay for a ni**a to date a 16 year old?” he continued to ask questions, with several panelists expressing disgust.

Benzino continued, “But it’s legal in America. So why is R. Kelly doing it all this time? Because you know why? They are 14 and 13. Two years younger. But you don’t think that those who… You don’t think that the people who approved it for 16 years didn’t know that they are also the king of 13 and 14? Even if you make an age so young that it’s the law, you already know they’re going below that.

Benzino in jeans

Benzino attends the Official Celebrity Boxing South Florida Rumble with Blac Chyna – Press Conference at Booby Trap Doral on May 14, 2022 in Doral, Florida.

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He tried to clarify his statement by adding, “I don’t condone ni**as f**king with little girls. It’s sick,” he explained. “But I also don’t think R. Kelly should rot in prison for 30 years.

The podcast host continued the conversation, explaining how he still listens to the disgraced R&B star, while Benzino claimed the criminal justice system failed to consider Kelly’s childhood trauma and labeled documentaries about the crimes as exploitative.

“Those parents of those girls knew what they were dealing with, with R. Kelly. A lot of people knew that.”

R. Kelly in court

R. Kelly plans to leave after appearing at a hearing at the Leighton Criminal Courthouse in Chicago, Illinois on September 17, 2019. Kelly is facing multiple sexual assault charges and is being held without bail.

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In September 2021, Kelly was found guilty of nine counts of racketeering and sex trafficking against him in New York City. He was sentenced to 30 years behind bars in June 2022. In September of the same year, Kelly was found guilty of three of four charges of producing child pornography and three of five charges of enticing a minor to engage in criminal sexual activity in the country. a federal court in Chicago.

According to the Associated Press, an appeals court last month rejected the 57-year-old’s attempt to challenge his 20-year sentence stemming from the Chicago trial.

“We are disappointed in the ruling, but our fight is far from over,” said Kelly’s attorney Jennifer Bonjean, outlining plans to take the case to the United States Supreme Court.

Watch the fragment of the We in Miami podcast below.