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CrimeJudge allows city to inspect R. Kelly's recording studio on Near West Side

23:40  11 january  2019
23:40  11 january  2019 Source:   chicagotribune.com

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R . Kelly is on the hook for building violations, as a judge granted an emergency motion to inspect his infamous Chicago studio . Chicago’ s buildings department will investigate whether Kelly has converted his Near West Side warehouse into a recording studio as well as living quarters without

Kelly — whose alleged history of sexual assault has been the renewed subject of national public attention in recent years — was first ordered to A Cook County judge granted an emergency motion Friday allowing city building inspectors to check out the Near West Side recording studio of

Judge allows city to inspect R. Kelly's recording studio on Near West Side© Brian Cassella/Chicago Tribune

A Cook County judge granted an emergency motion Friday allowing city building inspectors to check out the Near West Side recording studio of embattled Chicago R&B singer R. Kelly.

R. Kelly's lawyers did not object to the inspection but disputed the city's characterization of the situation as an emergency.

During a hearing at the Daley Center, Judge Patrice Ball-Reed ordered the inspection to take place Wednesday.

The city's Department of Buildings wants to check out if Kelly illegally converted the warehouse at 219 N. Justine St. into a recording studio as well as living quarters without obtaining permits for the work.

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The judge ordered that recording at the studio /warehouse is restricted to between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. on the first floor. The building cannot be used for residential living and R . Kelly attorney speaks out after singer' s West Loop studio inspected . City to inspect R . Kelly ' s Near West Side music studio .

City building inspectors say they observed multiple code violations when they inspected singer R . Kelly ’ s Near West Side studio on Wednesday In addition to the violations of city code, court records also show that Kelly owes more than 3,000 in back rent and court fees to the landlord of

Kelly could be on the hook if any building code violations are found.

A five-page emergency motion filed by the city's Law Department was sparked by an anonymous call to the city's 311 line on Wednesday claiming that people were living in the two-story brick building, which is zoned for commercial use, according to city attorney Kimberly Roberts. A building inspector went to the property but was unable to gain entry, prompting the city to go to court.

"The property is zoned for commercial purposes only, so there shouldn't be anyone living there or having any kind of parties there," Roberts said. "So because of the issue of public safety, we need to get inside and assess what's going on."

The owner could be fined up to $1,000 per day per violation - costs that could be passed on to Kelly if he was in violation of the terms of his lease, according to the city.

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CHICAGO (AP) - A judge says a Chicago warehouse that R . Kelly is renting can be used only between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. and only as a recording studio . The ruling comes a week after Chicago building inspectors found code violations at the R &B star' s recording studio on the city ' s near West Side

R &B artist R . Kelly will be vacating his West Side recording studio , according to his lawyers.

In a separate suit, the building's owner, Midwest Commercial Funding LLC, is trying to evict Kelly for failing to pay rent, court records show. Earlier this week, the Cook County judge overseeing that case ordered Kelly to pay Midwest almost $167,000, according to the records. The judge also allowed the owner to take possession of the property but appeared to put a temporary hold on that order, the records show.

A lawyer representing Midwest did not return a call seeking comment.

The building issue is just the latest fallout for Kelly since the series "Surviving R. Kelly" began airing last week on the Lifetime TV channel, bringing decades of abuse allegations against the "Pied Piper of R&B" to almost 20 million viewers.

Earlier this week, Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx pleaded with potential victims to come forward so she could investigate claims of criminal wrongdoing.

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«» R . Kelly Still Limited in Studio Usage After Court Ruling. Attorneys for R . Kelly were back in court Friday, asking a judge to give him more access to his rented studio space on the near west side There will be no one staying or working overnight in R . Kelly ' s recording studio on North Justine In January, city inspectors found a number of deficiencies at the warehouse space Kelly rents on the

R . Kelly ' s lawyers deny his Near West Side recording studio is used as a residence; but city inspectors say they found bedrooms, bathrooms, a “It' s a recording studio . It shouldn't be a party place.” Kelly was hit with 67 code violations in total. Ball-Reed approved the Department of Building' s

The state's attorney's call to action followed reports that Kelly is under criminal investigation in Georgia. A representative of the Fulton County district attorney's office said the office has no comment. But a spokesman for Gerald Griggs, a lawyer representing parents of a girl who say Kelly has kept her from contacting them since 2016, confirmed the district attorney's office reached out to them seeking information about witnesses.

The latest revelations are playing out 17 years after Cook County prosecutors indicted Kelly on child pornography charges for allegedly filming himself having sex with a girl estimated to be as young as 13. That legal saga played out over six years before a jury acquitted him of all charges in 2008.

Kelly has consistently denied any wrongdoing. This week, his attorney, Steve Greenberg, blasted Foxx for seeking out purported victims, likening it to a stunt by a "late-night personal injury attorney."

"Nobody has come forward and said they were the victim of any misconduct by Mr. Kelly because nobody has been," Greenberg said.

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from West Loop studio , inspectors say RELATED: SEE INSIDE: Judge orders clean-up, new restrictions at R Kelly ' s studio RELATED: R . Kelly R . Kelly of trying to silence her RELATED: City to inspect R . Kelly ' s Near West Side music studio RELATED: Lady Gaga apologizes for R . Kelly

Singer R . Kelly will be in federal court in Chicago Tuesday for an arraignment on sex crime charges involving children and alleged obstruction of justice. R . Kelly of trying to silence her RELATED: City to inspect R . Kelly ' s Near West Side music studio RELATED: Lady Gaga apologizes for R . Kelly

The Near West Side studio that has drawn the city's interest is currently listed for sale at just under $4 million.

The real estate listing by Berkshire Hathaway states the 8,000-square-foot property is "fully rented" with a "high profile tenant" paying nearly $23,000 a month. The tenant, who isn't named, currently has eight years left on a 10-year lease, with rent increasing at 5 percent per year, according to the listing.

The first floor has a "fully built out recording studio, lounge and full kitchen," the listing stated.

Photos show the kitchen along one wall, with pots and pans hanging from a rack, as well as two dining room tables with chairs.

On Wednesday evening, a crowd of #MuteRKelly protesters gathered outside the embattled artist's studio in the Fulton Market district. The grassroots effort seeks to cancel Kelly's concerts, get his music off the air and hold him accountable for allegations of abuse.

For about an hour, dozens of women protesters endured freezing temperatures and erupted in cheers of "All the girls, we love you!" and "Black girls matter!" as speakers demanded Kelly be dropped from his record label and collaborators stop working with him.

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Chicago inspectors find code violations at R. Kelly's studio.
Chicago building inspectors have found code violations at R. Kelly's recording studio, including evidence the industrial space was used as a residence. 

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