Authorities in Illinois have reportedly released images showing the inside of R. Kelly’s Chicago recording studio—a location the singer’s been accused of using to hold women captive.
On Tuesday, a judge hit Kelly, 52, with 66 building code violations and ordered that the studio can’t double as a residence. Rolling Stone reported that the “Ignition” singer is possibly being fined $66,000 a day for the studio—which is equipped with a sauna, bar room, and kitchen.
According to the Chicago Tribune, the violations included fire hazards, dangerous staircases, and the studio’s residential use. On Tuesday, the judge ordered the second-floor living quarters be shut down indefinitely and that the studio is only used during normal working hours.
“It looks like people are living there, and that’s not good,” the judge said. “It’s a recording studio. It shouldn’t be a party place.”
Images of the Chicago studio, which can be seen below, were made public in the wake of “Surviving R. Kelly,” a six-part docuseries that accused R. Kelly of sexual misconduct and abuse. The Lifetime series featured interviews that alleged he uses the Chicago studio and his Georgia home to house young women against their will.
Sources told TMZ that Georgia authorities are investigating Kelly in light of “Surviving.” While the singer hasn’t publically commented on the docuseries, he’s said to be plotting a legal battle against his many accusers.
The Tribune reported that the released images were taken during a court-ordered inspection last week. The images show a clothes rack, massage table, boxes and a Christmas tree—something the judge specifically said she wants gone.
Responding to Kelly’s lawyer’s quip that the tree is artificial, the judge said, “Christmas is over. This tree needs to go.”
Gallery: R. Kelly’s Chicago recording studio
[Featured image: Chicago Department of Buildings]