R. Kelly’s Chicago-warehouse recording studio, which was depicted in the bombshell Lifetime doc as a hub for his alleged “intercourse cult,” will bear an inspection by the town. On Friday, a choose granted the town an emergency movement to enter the studio following an nameless 311 criticism that folks had been dwelling there. Police visited the studio earlier in the week after it gained notoriety from the doc, however discovered it was vacant. According to Cook County data, Kelly was ordered to be evicted from the studio on Monday and pay $167,000, stemming from a lawsuit from the constructing’s homeowners that Kelly owed again lease. As a part of the inspection, the town is looking for to search out out if Kelly illegally transformed the warehouse area right into a studio and residence for folks to stay in — full with a built-in kitchen — with out acquiring the right permits. If so, he’d be in violation of metropolis zoning legal guidelines and withstand $1,000 in fines per day per violation.
The inspection shouldn’t be immediately associated to the continued probe into Kelly’s alleged intercourse crimes (it’s additionally not a search warrant), nevertheless, the studio has been the topic of controversy over whether or not or not Kelly held ladies there in opposition to their will. According to reports from a weird press convention in response to the choose’s order, the place Kelly’s lawyer, Melvin Sims, ducked out on the media with out acknowledging any of their questions, Sims merely said, “There is not any reality to any of the specious allegations concerning that premises.” The inspection will happen on January 16. Meanwhile, Kelly, who nonetheless hasn’t mentioned a phrase about any of this, is supposedly affected by panic assaults and reportedly considering fleeing to Africa amid the continued fallout from the doc.