It appears reporters are now fighting to gain access to R.Kelly’s pre-trial hearing. They have filed paperwork to lift the ban and a response is expected soon. With Kelly being able to navigate these charges thus far, I will bet that his lawyers vehemently fight to keep his trial from reporters who will pounce on any other freaky details sure to come from this trial that is almost six years in the making. Official report below:
CHICAGO (AP) – entertainmentminute An attorney for two newspapers and The Associated Press says singer R. Kelly’s celebrity status doesn’t justify news media being barred from pretrial hearings in his pornography trial in Chicago.
The Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times and the AP are seeking transcripts of closed pretrial hearings and asking that a gag order on attorneys be lifted.
Kelly’s attorneys want more time to respond.
Cook County Circuit Judge Vincent Gaughan (GAWN) set another hearing on the motion for May 8, a day before jury selection begins and after any pretrial hearings would be held.
The 41-year-old singer faces charges he videotaped himself having sex with an underage girl. He’s denied the allegations.