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R. Kelly Arrested In Chicago

April 9, 1998 12:00 AM ET

R&B Grammy favorite Robert "R." Kelly was arrested for disorderly conduct Monday night after disobeying Chicago police orders to turn down the stereo in his sport-utility vehicle.

Kelly, 29, reportedly became abusive, and refused to produce a driver's license or adjust the volume in his 1998 Lincoln when approached by police officers on North Clark Street -- only two blocks from JAMTV's offices -- at 9:30 p.m. Monday. He was arrested and charged with three counts of disorderly conduct and with violating the city's noise ordinance.

"He was being loud and obnoxious, and causing a crowd, so (the police) just carried him out and took him to the 18th District," Chicago police spokeswoman Arlene Mays told JAMTV on Wednesday.

After posting a $75 bond, Kelly fished his car out of the impound lot at a charge of $500. His court date has been set for May 7.

The Chicago native was reportedly playing a demo tape of music from his next album, Kelly's agent Regina Daniels told the Chicago Tribune. The city's noise ordinance allows police to impound any car blasting music that can be heard 75 feet away, Mays said.

Despite attempts to contact the R. Kelly camp, no one was available for comment at press time.

Kelly, 29, won three Grammy Awards in March for Best Male R&B Performance, Best R&B Song and Best Song Written Specifically for a Motion Picture or for Television for his hit "I Believe I Can Fly" from the soundtrack to the Michael Jordan film Space Jam. He first became a multiplatinum star with his 1992 debut album, Born into the 1990s, and has achieved notoriety with songs like "Honey Love," "You Body's Callin'" and "She's Got the Vibe."

Raised in the Ida B. Wells housing development on Chicago's south side, Kelly sang in a Baptist church choir as a child and recently proclaimed himself a born-again Christian.

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