R. Kelly is ending his feud with a suburban village over a guard shack. The R&B singer recently agreed to drop his legal challenge against Olympia Fields, Ill., which claimed the community improperly denied him the right to build a guardhouse outside his mansion.
The Chicago native, whose real name is Robert Kelly, also agreed to pay the village of 4,700 residents more than $20,000 US to cover legal fees and code-violation fines.
"Robert Kelly wants to be a good neighbour," said John Touhy, his lawyer.
The community doesn’t allow guard shacks at houses and sued Kelly, 40, after the building was constructed without permits.
But Kelly filed a suit of his own, arguing he should be granted an exception because of his status as "a nationally known, Grammy Award-winning recording artist."
The offending building has been torn down, and the village dropped its lawsuit.
Village officials say the spat never was personal and even honoured Kelly for his holiday decorations.
"He had streams of lights running up and down the roof of this huge house, lights on the trees, all kinds of stuff," said Village President Linzy Jones.
Kelly is awaiting trial in Cook County, Ill., on 14 counts of child pornography after prosecutors said he videotaped having sex with an underage girl. He has pleaded not guilty.