R. Kelly – the R & B singer accused of sexual misconduct by several women, including in the new Lifetime documentary series "Surviving R. Kelly" – argues for keeping his studio in Chicago open late at night.
"I've never been creative or worked between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. & # 39 ;, #," said Kelly in a sworn affidavit of two pages that were filed Thursday in the County Cook County, according to Chicago. Tribune The "I Believe I Can Fly" singer claimed that he is the most creative between the hours of 8:00 PM and 7:00 AM in the morning
In January, a judge restricted access to the Near West Side warehouse after inspectors had found 67 codes, including an illegal steam bath and sauna, a wobbly staircase, no smoke detectors in certain rooms, and piles of clothes and debris.
According to The Chicago Tribune, city attorneys claim that the studio is being used illegally as living space and "too potentially dangerous to allow the tenant to use the building".
Kelly's lawyer Stephen Peck told the judge that the singer has not used the studio since January and that "progress has been made" with repairs. Another lawyer for Kelly, Melvin Sims, said that an electrician, engineer and architect have started working on the building, according to The Chicago Sun-Times.
In the affidavit, Kelly also said that the court's restrictions severely affected his ability to make money.
"This inability to use my studio has not affected the landlord's expectations that rent must be paid," he said, adding: "Creativity manifests itself in different ways and an abundance of times."
A decision about the studio is expected to be taken on Friday.
In January Sony Music dropped Kelly because of allegations of sexual abuse.