City sues R. Kelly to gain access to his warehouse where women allegedly held captive

City sues R. Kelly to gain access to his warehouse where women allegedly held captive

After the six-part documentary “Surviving R. Kelly,” which was featured on Lifetime last week, singer R. Kelly continued parting at a South Side nightclub early Thursday. Police were called to the club after an unknown tipster reached out to the police and said that R. Kelly had an outstanding warrant. Upon arrival, Chicago Police checked their system, however, no outstanding warrants have been found for Kelly in Cook County, and therefore no arrests were made.

The documentary series that aired on Lifetime alleged that Kelly was holding dozens of women against their will in his Near West Side recording studio at 219 N. Justine St.  The owners of the studio have managed to obtain an eviction order on Monday, since Kelly was a couple of months behind on his rent.  The owner of the warehouse, Midwest Commercial Funding, stated that they started the eviction procedures in June 2018.

Following the report by the building inspectors responding to a 311 call alleging there were people in the warehouse, City of Chicago filed a lawsuit against R. Kelly and the owner of the building for zoning code violations.

According to the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office official statement, they have received multiple calls alleging abuse, and authorities are currently investigating these claims. State’s Attorney Kim Foxx asked the victims to come forward. Victims or witnesses in the Chicago area can either contact their local police departments or the Cook County Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Unit at 773-674-6492.

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