R. Kelly Now Owes $200K in Unpaid Rent, Damages to Studio, New Lawsuit Claims - NBC Chicago

R. Kelly Now Owes $200K in Unpaid Rent, Damages to Studio, New Lawsuit Claims



    R. Kelly Facing New Charges in Minnesota

    Singer R. Kelly is facing new charges in Minnesota as he continues to battle cases in Illinois and New York, prosecutors announced Monday. NBC 5's Charlie Wojciechowski has the latest.

    (Published Monday, Aug. 5, 2019)

    R. Kelly — the R&B singer who faces federal charges in multiple states for alleged child prostitution and pornography — still owes hundreds of thousands of dollars to the owner of his former Near West Side recording studio, according to a lawsuit.

    The lawsuit, filed Aug. 7 in Cook County circuit court, claims Kelly owes more than $201,178 in rent and other charges to the property owner, Midwest Commercial Funding. The rent is continuing to accrue.

    The owners sued Kelly in January for more than $173,000 in back rent for the property, located at 219 N. Justine. City building inspectors then visited the warehouse and noted 66 building code violations.

    Kelly, 52, had defaulted on the lease by failing to pay rent and was forced to move out in January.

    R. Kelly Pleads Not Guilty, Denied Bail

    [NATL] R. Kelly Pleads Not Guilty, Denied Bail

    Grammy-Award-Winning Singer R. Kelly was denied bail by a judge in a Federal court room in New York after pleading not guilty to sex trafficking charges.

    (Published Friday, Aug. 2, 2019)

    Kelly also owes money for alleged repairs and renovations he undertook without securing the proper building permits, according to the suit. The building’s owner says Kelly owes at least $50,000 for those repairs.

    A court date has been set for Oct. 1 before Judge Margaret A. Brennan, according to county records.

    R. Kelly’s attorneys couldn’t immediately be reached for comment.

    Breaking Down The Latest Celebrity Court Cases

    [NATL-AH] Breaking Down The Latest Celebrity Court Cases

    Access rounds up the most high-profile celebrity court cases dominating the headlines, including Jeffrey Epstein, R. Kelly and ASAP Rocky – all of whom are being held without bail. Criminal defense attorney Alison Triessl lends her legal expertise to explain what she believes could be the end result for each defendant.

    (Published Saturday, July 20, 2019)

    Earlier this month, Kelly was charged with two federal counts of underage prostitution in Minnesota. The alleged victim met Kelly in July 2001 when the singer was signing autographs in Minneapolis.

    In July, the U.S. attorney’s office in Chicago charged him with nine counts of enticing a minor, three counts of child pornography and one count of obstruction of justice.

    In Brooklyn, federal prosecutors have charged Kelly and two associates with acting as a criminal enterprise to “promote R. Kelly’s music and the R. Kelly brand and to recruit women and girls to engage in illegal sexual activity with Kelly.”

    Kelly has pleaded not guilty to all charges.

    Get the latest from NBC Chicago anywhere, anytime

    • Download the NBC Chicago App

      Download the App

      Available for iOS and Android