After his sex crime trial resulted in a guilty conviction, R. Kelly’s ‘Key to the City’ distinction in Baton Rouge was revoked.
After years of being dogged by charges of sexual misconduct and abuse, the artist was convicted guilty of racketeering in a high-profile sex-trafficking case, according to LIB.
Denise Marcelle, a member of the Baton Rouge Metro Council at the time, presented Kelly with the award in February 2013. Marcelle has expressed her regrets and has already withdrawn the offer.
When Marcelle presented the singer with the key in 2013, there were allegations against him, but the politician, who is now a member of the Louisiana House of Representatives, stated she just knew he had been acquitted in 2008. Because she was the one who gave out the key, a Baton Rouge representative stated that she still has the authority to revoke it.
According to TMZ, the process does not entail physically handing taking the $256 plaque and key from the singer.