Authorities Say R. Kelly's Studio Was Also A Secret Residence; Evidence Mounts

Inspectors found numerous building cold violations.

(AllHipHop News) Officials in Chicago, Illinois have found numerous building code violations at the rented studio space R. Kelly has reportedly been using as an illegal residence.

The property drew the attention of authorities after it was featured in the damning docuseries "Surviving R. Kelly," which chronicled the decades of sexual misconduct accusations made against the singer.

On the Lifetime series, which debuted in America earlier this month, a number of alleged victims claimed the R&B veteran had been using the location to hold girls and young women captive as part of a purported sex cult - accusations Kelly's lawyers have vehemently denied.

Prosecutors are currently investigating the situation, but in the meantime, he is also facing legal action from city inspectors at the Chicago Department of Buildings, who believe his use of the two-story warehouse violates property zoning laws, as it is not solely being used for industrial purposes.

They filed a court motion to gain access to the space last week, with the judge granting the request.

R. Kelly's team obliged with the ruling after building owners at Midwest Commercial Funding LLC admitted they did not have a key to enter the property, and now it's been revealed that officials discovered enough evidence to file a new complaint against the musician, who is accused of illegally altering the floor plans. He is the building's only listed tenant.

"At today's inspection, City inspectors observed building code violations including evidence of residential use which is non-compliant with the zoning code and work performed without approved plans or permits," a department spokesperson shared in a statement.

R. Kelly's attorney, Melvin Sims, had previously insisted there were no code violations at the building.

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