OLYMPIA FIELDS, Ill., June 1 (UPI) -- R&B star R. Kelly is fighting the Chicago suburb of Olympia Fields in court over an order that he take down a large guardhouse in front of his mansion.
The 79-year-old village has been at constant loggerheads with its celebrity resident, suing him over tour buses parked outside the estate, his unlicensed dogs and the large guardhouse that was built without the necessary permit, The Chicago Tribune reported Thursday.
Kelly went to the village trustees in April to ask for the building permit. The trustees rejected the request by a 6-0 vote, calling the structure unnecessary, the Tribune said.
"The only argument that he had was, 'I'm a celebrity,'" Olympia Fields Mayor Linzey Jones -- who lives next door to Kelly -- told the Tribune, adding the structure was nothing more than "a status symbol."
Kelly said he built the guardhouse under the mistaken impression that the permit was granted. His lawsuit claims Jones should have recused himself from the vote, since he is a neighbor.
A Kelly spokesman called the dispute a tempest in a teapot, the newspaper said.
The singer was charged with child pornography in Chicago for a videotape that allegedly shows him having sex with a 14-year-old girl.