Bank moves to foreclose on R. Kelly's Chicago mansion

Tue Jul 12, 2011 8:43pm EDT
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CHICAGO (Reuters) - Grammy-award winning singer-songwriter R. Kelly has failed to make mortgage payments on his multimillion-dollar Chicago-area home for more than a year and now may lose the property to lenders, court documents show.

In a foreclosure action filed in June in Cook County Circuit Court, J.P. Morgan Chase Bank N.A. said that the singer, whose full name is Robert S. Kelly, had not made a monthly payment on the 11,000-square-foot home in Olympia Fields in south suburban Chicago since June 2010.

The suit said the current principal balance on the loan was more than $2.9 million, not including unpaid interest, which accrues at rate of $251 a day.

The original loan issued in 1999 was for $3.5 million, according to the lawsuit, and the monthly payments were $24,345.12.

The property has a number of liens on it, according to the lawsuit, including nearly $2 million from the Department of the Treasury.

The 44-year-old R&B star, who won three Grammy Awards in 1998 for his song "I Believe I Can Fly," is no stranger to controversy. In 2008 a jury acquitted him of child pornography charges.

(Reporting by Karin Matz; Editing by Jerry Norton)

<p>R &amp; B singer R. Kelly leaves the Cook County criminal courthouse after a status hearing on child pornography charges in Chicago May 18, 2007. REUTERS/John Gress</p>