R. Kelly Can No Longer Have Overnight Access To Studio
Lifetime’s Surviving R. Kelly truly turned R. Kelly’s world upside down. The six-part documentary exposed Kelly’s predatory behaviors towards underage girls and the places where he allegedly engaged in sexual misconduct with them is now on the radar of city officials and attorneys. One of these places is a recording studio he rents in downtown Chicago. The space was illegally being used as a living space and the disgraced singer is now under fire for it.
A judge ruled in housing court on February 8th that there can no longer be overnight use of the recording studio, NBC Chicago reports. Use of the second floor is prohibited and he can only use the first floor from 9:00 a.m to 9:00 p.m.
Kelly’s attorney, Melvin Simms III, reportedly tried to argue that “you can’t put a schedule on when a moment of beautiful music comes into your soul,” but that couldn’t change the judge’s mind.
In January, it was found that the building had 67 code violations and was not safe for occupancy. The violations included an illegal sauna, wobbly staircase and having zero smoke alarms. The judge’s main concern is that no one is living on the second floor where a bed and clothing were found by city inspectors.
Simms claims that architects have been hired to bring the building back up to code and address building violations that may date back decades.
“We got the best architect that we could find and we are going to be working with him going forward to assess all options at the building.”
Besides use of his studio being limited, Kelly is also banned from the city of Philadelphia, has been dropped by Sony Music, and is being investigated by the District Attorney’s office in Georgia and the FBI.