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R. Kelly to vacate his Chicago studio following a judge’s curfew ruling


Santiago Felipe/WireImageR. Kelly will move out of his Chicago warehouse, which houses his recording studio, following a judge’s ruling that placed a strict curfew on the use of the premises. 

Wednesday, Kelly’s lawyer Steven Greenberg released a statement claiming that the judge’s ruling was “without any logical rationale.” 

“R Kelly has been repeatedly harassed while just trying to do his job in his studio, during the limited hours he is allowed to be there,” Greenberg’s statement read.  “R Kelly can never be creative and do his job under these circumstances which leaves him no choice but to leave his building.”

A Chicago judge previously slammed Kelly with 66 building violations in connection with property, which the singer has converted into allegedly illegal living quarters, complete with a kitchen and sauna. 

According to city inspectors, the studio where Kelly recorded “Ignition,” “Step in the Name of Love” and “Trapped in the Closet,” has had it working hours limited due to a litany of building code violations. That led to a 9:00 p.m. curfew that Kelly says is limiting his “musical innovation.” As a result, he’s looking for another place to set up shop.

The news of Kelly vacating his property adds to the drama in the singer’s life since Lifetime aired its Surviving R. Kelly docuseries, in which numerous women claimed Kelly had mistreated and sexually abused them.  Kelly has denied all allegations.

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