The “Surviving R. Kelly” docuseries premiered 8 days ago on Lifetime and the fallout has been extreme. The singer is reportedly dealing with panic attacks and now the attorneys for the city of Chicago are demanding to search R. Kelly’s famous recording studio that was featured in the docuseries.
The Chicago Sun Times reports attorneys for the city of Chicago are asking for a judge to gibe them access to a warehouse rented by Kelly. The warehouse is reportedly used as a recording studio, which is “not in compliance with its zoning designation.” Allegedly, the studio was built without a permit and is also used as a residence, which is illegal.
City attorneys said, “Upon information and belief it is being used as a residence and artist workspace — specifically as a recording studio in violation of the zoning law.” Judge Patrice Ball-Reed, who is a Black woman, will hear arguments this morning, but it is unclear when she will rule.
The Chicago Sun Times also reports, “Midwest Commercial Funding LLC, which owns the building, and the bank that issued the mortgage were named as defendants. Kelly is not named in the filing, though other defendants were listed as ‘tenants & occupants.’ Kelly is the only tenant.”
Midwest Commercial Funding said in an emailed statement that they are “committed to cooperating with the city and providing any and all support that it needs to resolve this matter.”
TMZ also reports the singer is dealing with panic attacks, which started the week “Surviving R. Kelly” was set to premiere. He reportedly needed to go to the hospital because one of the panic attacks were so severe. That said, the singer appeared free of panic attacks as he was partying at his birthday on Jan. 8. The 52-year-old said on stage, “It’s my motherf–king birthday, and I don’t give a f–k what’s going on!” See below:
Executive produced by Dream Hampton, the docu-series “Surviving R. Kelly” detailed accounts from people in Kelly’s circle, including the singer’s brother, Bruce, who said Kelly had a “preference” for young women and singer Sparkle (the aunt of the 14-year-old in the sex tape) who testified against him in court.
Several survivors also spoke out. For their sake, let’s hope they receive justice.