Judge Grants Emergency Motion To Inspect R. Kelly’s Chicago Studio For Possible Zoning Violations

Written by on January 29, 2019

Maria Therese Agcopra Agcopra – Fourth Estate Contributor

Chicago, IL, United States (4E) – A judge has granted an emergency motion on Friday to allow building inspectors to check R. Kelly’s Near West Side, Chicago recording studio for possible violation of city codes.

The city filed the motion in Cook County Circuit Court requesting access to a building at 219 N. Justine St. to check if the R&B singer has illegally converted it into a recording studio with a kitchen and living quarters without securing the necessary permits for the reconstruction, Chicago Tribute reported.

R. Kelly was represented by his lawyer, Melvin Sims, during a brief hearing at the Daley Center, during which he stated that while their camp do not object to the inspection, they are not in favor of the city’s characterization of the situation as an “emergency” since there was no indication that the building is posing a danger or threat to the community.

Buildings Department inspector David Trejo, however, testified that he and his team saw that the windows of the building have been “sealed up”, indicating that the building is not being used as a warehouse as originally intended.

Kimberly Roberts, an attorney for the city’s Law Department, also said that in addition to the zoning and safety concerns, there are allegations of illegal parties being held at the said property.

The resolution made by Judge Patrice Ball-Reed follows the public outcry to bring R. Kelly to justice after the hit documentary series “Surviving R. Kelly” exposed the alleged decades of sexual abuse committed by the singer against young women. The singer’s Near West Side recording studio has been identified as his home base.

According to Rolling Stone, R. Kelly has not yet commented the issues regarding his property, but he has previously denied the allegations of sexual abuse against him.

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