A Cook County judge has allowed cameras in a Cook County courtroom for hearings in the sex abuse charges facing R. Kelly, a sharp contrast to the secrecy in the R&B superstar’s court fight over child support.
In making the ruling Friday, Judge Lawrence Flood, who is presiding over Kelly’s case, noted that only two of the four alleged victims had objected to airing their images from the witness stand.
Given the nature of the allegations, their testimony would not be televised, the judge said.
Flood said he would otherwise allow still photos, video and audio recording in the courtroom over the many months of proceedings as Kelly moves toward trial — and then the trial itself.
“The coverage is allowed for (the next) March 22 (hearing) and all subsequent proceedings,” the judge said.