Woman Allegedly Sexually Assaulted In Building That Used To Be R. Kelly’s Music Studio

An unidentified Chicago woman claims that three men took her to the building in question after she met them on her way out of a bar.

By Sharon Lynn Pruitt

A Chicago woman was hospitalized this week after she says three men sexually assaulted her at a building that used to be R. Kelly’s music studio.

Paramedics picked up the unnamed 31-year-old woman at around 4 a.m. on Thursday, on a street two blocks away from the building that formerly housed Kelly’s studio, a spokesperson for Chicago police confirmed to the New York Daily News. She told authorities that she was leaving a bar when she met three men; she got into their car and rode with them to “what she believed was a music studio,” but once she was there, the group allegedly assaulted her, according to police.

The woman believed that she was at Kelly’s studio, the Chicago Sun-Times reports, citing unconfirmed reports from a police scanner. Following the the alleged assault, she said she was thrown out of a back door, at which point she called 911.

Though a spokesperson for Chicago police confirmed to the Sun-Times that a citywide dispatcher did receive such a call, the exact location of the alleged assault has not yet been confirmed.

Emergency responders transported the woman to Rush University Medical Center, where she was treated for the alleged sexual assault and is currently stable, a spokesperson for Chicago Fire told the paper.

Police reportedly were seen converging at the building in question, located at 219 N. Justine St., at around 4:20 a.m. on Thursday, but officers did not confirm the subject of their investigation.

The building, located in the Near West Side area, served as Kelly’s studio until February, when the 51-year-old singer moved out after a number of reported code violations resulted in a judge setting new restrictions that prevented Kelly from accessing the building outside of a 12-hour window, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

“R. Kelly can never be creative and do his job under these circumstances which leaves him no choice but to leave his building,” his attorney Steve Greenberg said in a statement obtained by the paper.

Kelly is currently facing multiple charges related to the alleged sexual abuse of various girls and women, having first been charged with 10 counts of aggravated sex abuse in February before being hit with another 11 sex-related charges in May.

Kelly has maintained his innocence amid an an intense public backlash against him.

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