The judge presiding over the R Kelly pornography trial in Chicago has denied a motion that would allow media to access sealed court records and transcripts.
Judge Vincent Gaughan said that he’s not trying to prevent the press from doing its job, but he believes that keeping the information secret is the only way to ensure a fair trial.
Gaughan also refused to lift a gag order forbidding attorneys to talk about the case, reports the Associated Press.
The Grammy-winning artist has pleaded not guilty to child pornography charges for allegedly videotaping himself having sex with a minor some time between 1998 and 2000. If found guilty, Kelly could face up to 15 years in prison.
Jury selection in the trial concluded yesterday (May 15), and opening arguments are set to begin Tuesday.
–By our Los Angeles staff.