The Blast has reported that R. Kelly's Sony Music royalties have been seized by his Chicago landlord to pay off a massive debt. According to court documents obtained by the site, Kelly's former landlord, Commercial Funding recently issued a subpoena to Sony Music Holdings, Inc and was able to get the music company to freeze $264,535 in Kelly’s biannual royalty account. The amount frozen by Sony was to pay off the $173,855.08 Midwest was still owed on a judgement awarded after Kelly stopped paying rent on his Chicago music studio.
After Sony froze Kelly's account, Midwest was able to then collect $154, 527.22 from one of Kelly’s Bank of America accounts after a “turnover order” was issued. After applying the payment from the Bank of America account, Midwest says that they only need $52,431.55 from the Sony account and Kelly will be clear on his debt.
Midwest is asking the court to allow them to retrieve the money from Sony.