A lawyer for Jussie Smollett said Tuesday that she would welcome cameras in the courtroom during the “Empire” actor’s trial on charges accusing him of lying to police. (March 12)
CHICAGO – A request by media organizations to have cameras allowed in the courtroom for the sex-crimes case of R&B star R. Kelly is about to come before a judge Friday.
The issue is expected to be the focus of a hearing Friday where Cook County Associate Judge Lawrence Flood will preside. Kelly is charged with 10 counts of aggravated sexual abuse.
Kelly, who was back in court Wednesday for a hearing in his child-support case, is due back March 22 for a hearing in the criminal case.
Another judge in the same courthouse has yet to decide if he’ll allow cameras to cover “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett’s case. Smollett, who pleaded not guilty to 16 counts of felony disorderly conduct Thursday, is accused of lying to police about being the victim of a racist and homophobic attack. His next hearing is set for April 17.
R. Kelly leaves court following a March 13 hearing in his child-support case. (Photo: Ashlee Rezin/ AP)
Cameras were allowed in court during the trial of Jason Van Dyke, a white former Chicago police officer convicted in the shooting death of black teenager Laquan McDonald.
Contributing: Jayme Deerwester, USA TODAY
Timeline: R. Kelly’s history of sex-abuse arrests, indictments and lawsuits
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