Several inspectors from the city Department of Buildings finally gained access to the Near West Side warehouse rented by singer R. Kelly Wednesday afternoon.
Arriving shortly after noon, they entered through the alley and spent about an hour inside. The Department of Buildings said it would issue a statement later Wednesday.
The inspectors’ court-ordered access was obtained by the city amid allegations that the building had been altered illegally.
Before the inspectors went in, however, three other people not with the city got inside first. Their identities or connection to R. Kelly were unclear.
The warehouse, where Kelly is the only tenant, has come under scrutiny in recent weeks since the airing of a documentary series on Lifetime that detailed a host of allegations of sexual impropriety by Kelly — mostly involving underage girls. He has repeatedly denied the allegations.
Last week, city attorneys filed an emergency motion in Cook County Circuit Court, asking a judge to grant them access to the building. They alleged that, though the building is zoned for industrial uses, it was serving as a residence. Also, city attorneys said, a recording studio inside was illegal.
Via: Chicago Sun Times