A request by media organizations to have cameras allowed in the courtroom for the case of R&B star R. Kelly is about to come before a judge.
The issue is expected to be the focus of a hearing Friday where Cook County Associate Judge Lawrence Flood will preside.
The reporters who filed the request want to film the court proceedings leading up to R. Kelly’s looming trial.
Kelly is charged with 10 counts of aggravated sexual abuse involving a minor.
One of his alleged victims, who has been identified only as H.W. in court documents, has already objected to being filmed in court, saying cameras would ‘trigger me’, according to the Chicago Tribune.
On Friday Cook County Associate Judge Lawrence Flood is set to review a media request to allow cameras in court for the trial of R.Kelly (pictured) in Chicago
‘Being that he was found innocent before, I have no interest in being a media spectacle,’ the alleged victim wrote in a filing that was recently made public. ‘My dignity matters most to me.’
Prosecutors say Kelly met H.W. at a restaurant where she was celebrating her 16th birthday in the late 1990s.
Cook county judges didn’t allow cameras in the courtroom prior to 2015.
Kelly (center) is charged with 10 counts of aggravated sexual abuse involving a minor
More recently, however, they’ve permitted journalists to bring cameras in to cover high profile cases, including the murder trial of former Chicago officer Jason Van Dyke, who fatally shot Laquan McDonald in 2014.
R. Kelly has had no objections to being on camera lately.
His shocking interview with CBS This Morning host Gayle King was watched by 6.6 million people on March 15.
Millions more viewed clips of the interview online earlier last week.
Kelly’s interview with King remained a top trending topic on Twitter throughout the week as well.
Another judge in the same courthouse has yet to decide if he’ll let cameras in court in ‘Empire’ actor Jussie Smollett’s case.
Smollett is charged with 16 counts of felony disorderly conduct after authorities say he lied about being the victim of a racist and homophobic attack.
Kelly has adamantly denied the charges against him. He is due back in court next week, the
Another judge in the same courthouse has yet to decide if he’ll let cameras in court in ‘Empire’ actor Jussie Smollett’s case