“It looks like people are living there, and that’s not good,” said Cook County Judge Patrice Ball-Reed, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.
Ball-Reed reviewed photos taken last week inside the warehouse by building inspectors and determined Tuesday that it should have limited access.
Kelly will now be required to use the West Side facility for work purposes only between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. He’ll also be barred from using the second floor after inspectors found multiple violations.
DOB officials said there were faulty stairs, crumbling walls, a slew of fire hazards, and dirty bathtubs — which had collected “waste and over flows.”
“This is a problem the city needs to address quickly,” said city attorney Greg Janes in complaint filed Tuesday. “We believe it’s imminently dangerous.”
Residents who live and work nearby told WGN-TV last week that the singer would often bring young girls over.
“[I’ve] seen younger girls in front of the building, back of the building,” said Jim Lewis, who works nearby. “After his last incident about a year ago he did a little spring cleaning; there were mattresses in the alley, boxes of women’s shoes.”
Kelly, 52, has come under fire in recent weeks following the release of “Surviving R. Kelly.”
The Lifetime documentary series features women making new sexual misconduct allegations against him, which he has denied.
Kelly’s lawyer, Melvin Sims, insists that no one has ever lived at his warehouse — claiming its only ever been used as a recording studio.
“We do feel that this was a manufactured emergency,” Sims said, speaking to the Sun-Times after Tuesday’s court hearing.
“There was no emergency here all along,” he added. “A facility (bathroom) on the premises does not [make it] a residence. A couch on the premises does not make it a living room.”
The judge’s decision comes just one day after Kelly’s back rent and court fees deadline expired. The R&B star reportedly owes more than $170,000 total.