TMZ – R. Kelly is in serious trouble with Chicago officials because the city is going after him for a laundry list of building violations at his studio … and it could end up costing the singer a ton of cash!!!
The Chicago studio, heavily featured in “Surviving R. Kelly” was slammed with 66 building code violations, most notably for using the place as a residence and not obtaining permits to build a sauna, steam room and a bar … this according to legal docs.
In the docs, each violation comes with a fine ranging between $500 to $1,000 for each day the violation goes unaddressed … and with 66 violations, R. Kelly could be looking at a fine between $33k to $66k per day!
The court has already ordered R. Kelly to remove all personal items from the premises and he can only use the space as a recording studio from 9 AM to 5 PM.
The R. Kelly crackdown in Chicago continues.
A couple weeks ago it sounded like the whole thing would be shut down because the area was never zoned to allow a recording studio. But, then a judge ruled that R. Kelly can keep the studio open he just has to apply these changes to it. If you watched Surviving R. Kelly you know how serious/sensitive of a deal this is right now so out of respect for the victims I’ll refrain from making any wise-cracks.
Some people have asked for my take on R. Kelly, and how he’s viewed in Chicago, and I would say it’s probably alot different for someone my age. Obviously, my opinion now is that if these allegations are true then he’s a piece of shit. But, as a Chicago figure R. Kelly really hasn’t been shit in quite some time. At least not to anyone around my age bracket. I mean we’ve always thought that he has solid music, and that Ignition is an all-timer, but he was never some Chicago hero by any means. Now, I’m sure in some circles he may have been, but he definitely didn’t have the same “he’s a hometown guy” impact someone like Kanye/Chance have to me.
They’ve since released pictures of what it looks like on the second floor of the studio. Everybody has been very curious about what the set up was since the documentary was released because it sounded very shady. The pictures don’t really show anything out of the ordinary except for the fact that it clearly does look like people were living there.
The City of Chicago is trying to prove that it’s being used as a residency based on there being clothes/toiletries in the bathroom. A judge has ordered the second floor (the recording studio is on the first floor) to be closed for the time being. Here are the pictures:
Then here’s an unsafe outlet/stairs that it’s being reported were installed without permits. This is what really gave the judge the ability to shut it down due to it being a safety hazard:
You can find more details in the full article here
We’ll keep ya updated as this whole thing plays out.