R. Kelly sued by his former Chicago landlord amid release of Lifetime docuseries

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CHICAGO — Attorneys for R. Kelly and his former landlords reached an agreement Monday after the R&B signer was sued by the landlords for unpaid rent. His former landlord, Midwest Commercial, was suing Kelly for $80,000 in unpaid rent on his Near West Side studio. Kelly R&B singer denied it. There’s no word on the details of their agreement. The suit was filed in July 2018. Midwest Commercial rented Kelly a studio at 219 N. Justine St. The studio is featured in the new Lifetime docuseries “Surviving R. Kelly.” A report on Buzzfeed claimed that Kelly housed six different women at his properties in Chicago and Georgia. He also denied that allegation. The six-part docuseries featured accounts from accusers and Kelly’s close friends on his life and allegations of abuse, predatory behavior and pedophilia. Kelly’s lawyer said the documentary is filled with false allegations, and has suggested the subjects are defaming his client for personal gain, according to Billboard. The Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office issued the following statement:

“The Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office has not been provided with information from law enforcement regarding any alleged victims of sexual assault involving entertainer R. Kelly. Though public allegations have recently been made, victim and witness accounts, testimony, and cooperation are especially critical in moving forward with charges. The Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office is committed to seeking justice for crime victims. We encourage anyone with information to come forward and contact our Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Division at 773-674-6492.”

In 2002, Kelly was charged with 21 counts of child pornography for a videotape that allegedly showed him having sex with an unidentified underage girl. He was acquitted, and his lawyers at the time said Kelly was not in the video, and suggested his likeness may have been computer-generated. In 2017, he was accused of having a sexual relationship with a teen. At the time, Kelly’s publicist denied previous allegations, saying they were “made up by individuals known to be dishonest.”

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