FILE - This June 13, 2008 file photo shows R&B singer R. Kelly, arriving at 3the Cook County Criminal Court Building in Chicago. R. Kelly, the R&B star who has been trailed for decades by allegations that he violated underage girls and women and held some as virtual slaves, was charged Friday, Feb. 22, 2019, with aggravated sexual abuse involving four victims, including at least three between the ages of 13 and 17.. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green, File)

Lawyer likens R. Kelly to Beethoven to explain studio move

February 20, 2019 - 7:39 pm

CHICAGO (AP) — R. Kelly's lawyer says the R&B singer is moving out of his Chicago recording studio because a judge barred him from working there overnight as a result of building-code violations.

Attorney Steve Greenberg said in a statement Wednesday that the judge effectively ordered the Grammy Award-winning artist "not to be creative between 9:00 p.m. and 9:00 a.m."

Greenberg compared Kelly to Ludwig van Beethoven and John Lennon, who the attorney said did some of their best music work overnight, too.

Kelly recently asked the judge to let him work longer into the night. She refused.

Kelly has denied recent allegations of sexual misconduct. Greenberg's statement says the judge's order was a "vindictive and baseless reaction to unsubstantiated claims of decades old misconduct."

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