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R. Kelly Begs Judge to Keep Chicago Studio Open Late
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R. Kelly — the R&B singer accused of sexual misconduct by multiple women, which was all exposed to the world in the new Lifetime documentary series “Surviving R. Kelly”. Now with this trial underway, Kelly is trying to make a case as to why he should keep his Chicago studio open late at night.
“I have never been creative or worked between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.,’’ Kelly said in a sworn, which was in an affidavit filed Thursday in Cook County court, according to The Chicago Tribune.
The “I Believe I Can Fly” singer argued he is most creative between the hours of 8 p.m. and 7 a.m.
According to The Chicago Tribune, the city attorneys claim that his studio has numerous health code violations and is being used as an illegal living space, which is “too potentially dangerous to allow the tenant to use the building at all.”
Kelly’s attorney Stephen Peck told the judge that the singer has not used the studio since January, and that he Claim that “progress has been made” on repairs. Another attorney for Kelly, Melvin Sims, said all the necessary people needed to have the building back to a normalcy of living include Electrician, Plumbers, and architects, according to The Chicago Sun-Times.
In the affidavit, Kells also reportedly said that these new restrictions put down on him by the judge, have severely impacted his ability to make money.
“This inability to use my studio has not affected the landlord’s expectation that rent must be paid,” he said, adding, “Creativity manifests in various ways and a plethora of times.”
A decision on the studio is expected to be made Friday. In January, Sony Music dropped Kelly following allegations of sexually abusive behavior.