(AllHipHop News) It might be too late, but a federal judge for the Northern District of Illinois does not want R. Kelly tried in the court of public opinion. Attorneys in R. Kelly’s child pornography case are now barred from talking about any evidence that has not been released publicly.
The R&B singer's lawyer took issue with the judge's order, suggesting it will prevent his legal team from counteracting the accusations made by Kelly's alleged victims. However, the prosecution agreed its evidence should be held from public scrutiny until trial.
Judge Harry D. Leinenweber also told the defense that they can return to court to get permission to speak on new evidence if Kelly’s accusers or their representatives address the specific information first. The next hearing in this case is scheduled for September 4.
Kelly is facing a state indictment in Illinois as well as two separate federal cases in Illinois and New York. The multiple charges include criminal sexual abuse, child pornography, criminal sexual activity, obstruction of justice, sexual exploitation of children, kidnapping. He pleaded not guilty to all charges.