New York City mayor and potential 2020 Democratic Party presidential candidate Bill de Blasio awkwardly danced along to an R. Kelly tune at a South Carolina church on Sunday.
“I wonder if the @NYCMayor realizes who sings this song,” said local reporter Courtney Gross on Twitter, attaching a video of de Blasio’s dance.
The mayor was grooving – if one can rightfully call it that – to “I Believe I Can Fly,” as led by the church choir and pastor. Some women in the congregation sat, despite the pastor’s encouragement to stand up and dance along.
Perhaps none of them understood the cultural significance of the song at this given moment in time. R. Kelly was arrested for 10 counts of felony aggravated criminal sex abuse at the end of February. The charges stem from criminal complaints filed by four women who allege that Kelly sexually abused them from 1998 to 2010. The indictment charges Kelly with three counts of sexual abuse of girls older than 13, but younger than 17.
The multiplatinum recording artist faces scrutiny in three other criminal investigations – a second investigation in Chicago, one in Atlanta, and one in New York City. CNN also confirmed that it has seen a sex tape that Kelly made with an underage girl.
Kelly was acquitted in 2008 after going to trial for allegedly having sex with and urinating on a 13-year-old girl.
With all that in mind, watch de Blasio flail around Kelly’s hit tune:
— Courtney Gross (@courtneycgross) March 10, 2019
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