The 52-year-old’s last song to chart on the Billboard Hot 100 was “PYD” with Justin Bieber in 2013. Now, the disgraced singer was reportedly being evicted from the infamous Chicago recording studio that was at the center of his child porn trial, bringing attention to the state of his finances.
The Chicago Sun Times reported that a “county judge ordered Kelly be evicted from the building. Midwest Commercial Funding sued Kelly last summer, alleging he owed the company nearly $80,000 in back rent. Monday, the judge ruled in Midwest Commercial Funding’s favor, court records show, and awarded the company $166,981 while also issuing an ‘order of possession’ for Midwest Commercial Funding.”
It was not clear when the eviction will be executed, but it will more than likely be soon considering it was reported earlier Thursday that attorneys for the city of Chicago were asking for a judge to give them access to the building. 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.
In addition, last year, Kelly was reportedly evicted from two properties in the Atlanta area for failing to pay more than $30,000 in back rent and fees. One of the mansions in Duluth, Georgia, was where he allegedly had a sex cult of young women. That mansion is reportedly at the center of a criminal investigation.
Asante McGee, who was in “Surviving R. Kelly,” was reportedly being interviewed by police about the abuse she claims she endured at the mansion. “The Fulton County District Attorney’s Office told me they have ‘no comment at this time’ about an active investigation into R. Kelly in response to the docuseries ‘Surviving R. Kelly,’” the Huffington Post wrote.
Executive produced by Dream Hampton, the docu-series detailed accounts from people in Kelly’s circle, including the singer’s brother, Bruce, who outwardly 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.
TMZ also reported that the singer was dealing with panic attacks, which allegedly started the week that “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 Tuesday. 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:
Kelly’s net worth has shrunk over the years, due in part to the massive legal fees that have mounted over the two-plus decades he’s faced allegations. The Celebrity Net Worth website places Kelly’s net worth at $1 million, down from what would have been as much as $200 million had he not had so many lawyers on retainer. It’s doubtful he’s broke, but with a new debt of more than $250,000, Kelly’s finances will likely be a major worry for him as he deals with renewed legal scrutiny from the docuseries.