Business mogul Akon says R. Kelly has the right to redeem himself.
"I believe that God makes no mistakes. People can debate back and forth all day but if it's happening to him, it's supposed to happen to him, for whatever reason," he told TMZ.
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"Now, that's something that he has to have within himself to reevaluate his whole life, his way of being, because to get caught up in a situation like that, whatever happens, between him and God," he continued.
R. Kelly still says he's innocent and his attorney says they will be appealing his convictions.
"There is always a way to redeem yourself, but you have to first accept the fact that you're wrong," he said adding that "people aren't here to hate" and mistakes will be made. "He has the right to redeem himself from those mistakes. Even him. He has the right to try to make right by those he hurt."