CHICAGO (CBS46) -- A stakeout outside the studio of controversial singer R. Kelly Sunday night turned into a chaotic scene that required Chicago Police.
CBS46 Chief Investigative Reporter Jonathan Carlson and CBS46 photographer Eric Carlton were in Chicago chasing down leads related to the singer. The singer was accused of abuse by young women who also said he kept them against their will, both charges Kelly and his attorneys have denied. Investigations have been launched in both Atlanta, where Kelly used to live, and Chicago, to probe the allegations.
The duo worked throughout Sunday and recorded several people coming and going. According to Carlson, those inside the studio were aware of the crew’s presence as he had talked to and identified himself to many of the people going in and out of the studio.
- Carlson will detail the events of Sunday night and talk about the latest developments in the R. Kelly case tonight on the CBS46 News at 11 p.m.
As day turned to night, the CBS46 crew witnessed people in and around the studio well past a 9pm curfew imposed by Chicago Judge Patrice Ball-Reed Friday, according to CBS Chicago. The judge’s order came after Kelly’s studio was cited for multiple code violations for appearing to be used as a living space.
Carlson said between 11:00 p.m. and 11:30 p.m., a Jeep Wrangler Unlimited sources identified as belonging to Kelly was moved onto the sidewalk at the entrance of the studio. The CBS46 crew left their car to shoot video, leaving the driver’s side window open and the keys still in the car. Carlson was behind the Jeep and Carlton was in front as they shot video.
As Carlton recorded video on the sidewalk, a black Audi SUV without any license plates that could be read pulled up alongside the CBS46 crew’s car. In the background of the video shot at the scene, an unknown person can be seen opening the car door of the vehicle the CBS46 crew was using. Carlson then turns to run to the car as the unknown person closed the car door and got into the Audi SUV.
See the Unedited Video of the Incident Below
Carlson yelled at the car and banged on the rear fender to try to get a response from the driver. The AUDI then drove away from the scene. Carlson looked inside the car and noticed the car keys were missing from the car.
Seconds later, a group of people began to leave the studio. One person walked behind an umbrella at the CBS46 camera before moving on. As the camera reset, a man Carlson and Carlton believed to be R. Kelly was seen getting into the Jeep Wrangler. At least one more person got into the Jeep before it drove to a clear spot and eventually drove away into the streets of Chicago.
ABC7 in Chicago spoke to R. Kelly's attorney Steve Greenberg who said, "These guys are out there and someone stole their key fob. They probably just lost it themselves and are looking for a cover story, but they think someone stole their key fob. How does that have anything to do with Mr. Kelly?"
Greenberg also took to Twitter to talk about the incident saying, "So someone gets their key fob (which should’ve been in their pocket) stolen and they blame #rkelly. Next thing you know they’re going to blame him for the coming government shut down."
The CBS46 crew were okay at the scene and called Chicago Police to file a report about the stolen keys. Both said that nothing else but the keys was missing from the car. The Chicago Police said they will investigate both the apparent theft of the keys and the events that took place at the studio.
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