A judge has ruled to allow cameras inside the courtroom for R. Kelly’s sexual abuse case, including Kelly’s trial and pretrial hearings. However, according to the Associated Press, Kelly’s accusers will not be photographed or filmed without permission.
In fact, two of Kelly’s accusers have already refused to be on camera.
The ruling comes just days after Jussie Smollett’s lawyers welcomed cameras in the courtroom to prove his innocence to a jury of his peers, as well as the court of public opinion, in his own case. Although a judge has yet to decide if cameras will be allowed in Smollett’s case, Judge Lawrence Flood granted the media’s request to bring cameras in for Kelly’s case.
In the meantime, Kelly, who recently pleaded not guilty to 10 counts of aggravated sexual abuse against four girls- three of whom were minors at the time of the abuse – is expected to stand before a judge next Friday.