R. Kelly’s studio access was limited by the city of Chicago last month after inspectors found that the studio violated building code regulations.
The studio also allegedly contains a “sex dungeon” that R. Kelly says isn’t there.
We can’t say what’s there or not, but R. Kelly is asking the judge to grant access to the studio after the current allowed time of 9am to 5pm, Complex reports.
“I have never been creative or worked between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.,’’ R. Kelly reportedly said in a two-page affidavit which he filed Thursday.
City attorneys claim the studio has been used illegally as a living space, lending evidence to a number of allegations relating to assaults taking place there. Kelly is asking for late-night access. claiming that he’s mostly creating music between 8 p.m. and 7 a.m.
“This inability to use my studio has not affected the landlord’s expectation that rent must be paid,” added Kelly’s affidavit. “Creativity manifests in various ways and a plethora of times.”
Kelly’s attorney Stephen Peck has claimed that the singer hasn’t used the studio since January, and that they’ve been working to get the state of it repaired ever since inspectors deemed it dangerous. City attorneys have maintained that the studio is “too potentially dangerous to allow the tenant to use the building at all.”
Keep it closed, Chicago.