Chicago goes to court seeking access to singer R. Kelly's studio featured in documentary

Jason Meisner and Morgan Greene, Chicago Tribune on

Published in Entertainment News

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.

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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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 identified, 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.


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