R. Kelly supporters, protesters clash outside Near West Side studio

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CHICAGO — R. Kelly supporters and protesters clashed outside the singer’s Near West Side studio Saturday morning.

In the middle of a protest calling for people to boycott Kelly’s music, a caravan of luxury vehicles rolled up — blasting Kelly’s tunes.

Supporters in the caravan traded barbs with protesters for a half hour. The groups then prayed together.

Kelly is facing serious allegations of abuse and statutory rape after a six-part documentary series called "Surviving R. Kelly" aired on the Lifetime network. In it, women detail decades of alleged abuse.

Kelly denied the allegations.

Last week, an anonymous tipster called 311 to report people living at Kelly’s recording studio in the 200 block of North Justine Street. The warehouse is zoned only for commercial use.

A Cook County judge on Friday granted Chicago inspectors permission to enter the building. An inspection is slated for Wednesday. The property owner’s attorney said the city won’t find anything.

Cook County State's Attorney Kim Fox earlier this week called on victims to share their stories with police and prosecutors. Since then, her office has been flooded with phone calls.

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