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Judge OKs City Inspection Of Warehouse Rented By R. Kelly

January 11, 2019 - 3:15 pm
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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- A Cook County judge has ordered entertainer R. Kelly and his associates to allow Chicago city inspectors inside a Near West Side Warehouse rented by Kelly.

Judge Patrice Brown-Reed said the singer must allow the inspectors into the 8,000-square-foot warehouse at 219 North Justine. 

Kelly's attorney wanted a 30-day delay, but Deputy Corporation Counsel Kimberly Roberts said the city considers this an emergency situation.

City officials say there is evidence the space has been converted to a recording studio and living area, without permits.

A lawyer for Kelly, Melvin Sims, told reporters there's no basis suggestions that people are living in the warehouse space the entertainer has rented.

Roberts countered there have also been complaints about unauthorized parties at the premises.

A City Building inspection team will go through the building next Wednesday. The parties will be back in court within a week after that.

Another judge has ordered Kelly evicted from the building for non-payment of rent.

Kelly, a Chicago native, wsa acquitted of child-pornography charges in 2008. He has drawn renewed attention following the docuseries, "Surviving R. Kelly," which alleges he has sexually abused women and girls and kept them from their families.

Kelly denies wrondoing.