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Surviving R. Kelly: (3) R. Kelly parties as legal pressure begins to mount

Friday, 11 January 2019. CHICAGO (WLS). Singer R. Kelly partied at a South Side nightclub into early Thursday as he continues to face new allegations of sexual abuse and an eviction from his Near West Side recording studio.

At about 1 a.m., Chicago police responded to the V75 club in the 100-block of West 75th Street after a caller said he was there and that he had an outstanding warrant. However, no arrest was made because there was no warrant.

In cellphone video, the Chicago native delivered an obscenity-laced performance to a cheering crowd.

His Near West Side recording studio

Meanwhile, representatives from Chicago’s building department were in court Thursday seeking to gain access to his Near West Side recording studio. The court hearing was continued until Friday. Kelly’s attorney appeared in court but declined to comment.

The warehouse space was featured in the six-part “Surviving R. Kelly” which aired last week on Lifetime, which also detailed sexual abuse allegations by many women dating back 20 years. Kelly has denied all allegations.

The owners of a warehouse space at 219 N. Justine St. on the city’s West Side obtained an eviction notice on Monday against Kelly for nonpayment of rent. In a statement, Midwest Commercial Funding said they started eviction proceedings in June 2018.

Building inspectors responded to a 311 call alleging that there were people living in the warehouse, which is not zoned for that purpose. At the time, they were not able to gain access to the building without a court order.

The building is zoned for manufacturing and may not be used as a dwelling or artist workspace, according to the building department. City officials said in a statement, “Upon information and belief it is being used as a residence and artist workspace – specifically as a recording studio in violation of zoning law.”

Kelly’s estranged daughter speaks out against her father

R. Kelly’s estranged daughter spoke out against her father on Instagram Thursday.

In a lengthy Instagram post Thursday night, R. Kelly’s estranged daughter Buku Abi called her father a “monster.” She added in the post that it has been years since she and her siblings have seen or spoken to him.

New cases

The Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office said they have received “numerous” calls alleging abuse and authorities are investigating the claims. State’s Attorney Kim Foxx held a press conference Monday to ask vicitms to come forward.

Kelly’s legal team said the Cook County state’s attorney is on a fishing expedition and maintain that the singer is innocent.

Family pleads for help

The family of Joycelyn Savage, one of the women featured in the docu-series, said that Kelly is holding her against her will and is abusing her. They said they have not seen their adult daughter for two years and is asking Kelly to let her go.

Gerald Griggs, the attorney for the Savage family in Atlanta, Georgia, is looking to take legal action against the singer.

“Right now, our main concern is bringing Joycelyn Savage home and the other ladies in the house and if a crime was committed, holding R. Kelly accountable to the fullest extent of the law,” Griggs said.

Griggs says Savage is one of hundreds of victims who have been sexually abused by R. Kelly.

“I can think of 25 off the top of my head that we have made contact with,” Griggs said. “If he is saying that everybody is lying, it is a whole lot of people that are telling the same story.”


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