Officials Find Illegal Activity at R. Kelly's Chicago Studio
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The Department of Buildings confirms that officials who searched R. Kelly's studio discovered evidence that the space was being used for residential purposes.

AceShowbiz - Another of R. Kelly's buildings has just got a visit from authorities amid allegations of sexual misconduct against the singer. On Wednesday afternoon, January 16, police and Chicago building inspectors showed up at his recording studio in Chicago in relation to potential illegal activity.

The officials reportedly spent an hour inside the building before surveying the building's exterior. After the search, the Department of Buildings confirmed that inspectors found evidence of building code violations, "including evidence of residential use which is noncompliant with the zoning code and work performed without approved plans or permits."

Jim Lewis, who runs a business next door to the space R. Kelly rents, was curious to know if police found evidence of sex abuse in the building. "I'm curious today to see what they find inside. You know, if they're bringing out mattresses and women's clothing, doesn't that say a lot to the allegation?" he said.

Several of R. Kelly's alleged victims claimed he had been holding women in the property. However, a spokesperson for Chicago's Department of Buildings said that the inspection had nothing to do with the allegations surfacing on Lifetime's docuseries "Surviving R. Kelly". The spokesperson told E! News, "To be clear, the City's emergency motion to gain entry to the building is not related to any criminal case and would only result in building code violations."

R. Kelly owes $174,000 to his landlords, in rent and other costs for the building. He is facing eviction due to unpaid rent and the building is now put up for sale. The building code violations will now be added to an amended complaint against the 52-year-old star for a future court hearing.

A man who identified himself as R. Kelly's stepbrother showed up at the warehouse during the inspection. He defended the "I'm Your Angel" hitmaker, saying, "He's not a monster. He's a human being just like us. He's not a monster at all."

Earlier this month, his apartment at the Trump Tower was visited by cops over report that he held two women hostage. The two women were Joycelyn Savage and Azriel Clary. However, Both of them maintained they were with Kelly voluntarily, though their parents claimed that they were the victims of brainwashing.

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