Federal judge denies R. Kelly's request

The federal judge presiding over R. Kelly’s upcoming child pornagraphy and obstruction of justice Chicago trial will not ban people who watched the “Surviving R. Kelly” docuseries from serving as jurors, NBC News reports.

The former R&B singer originally asked U.S. District Judge Harry D. Leinenweber to not allow anyone on the jury if they watched the gut-wrenching Lifetime series. Per juror questionnaires, a total of nine people revealed that they had seen part of the docuseries.

Another 70 individuals said they had not seen it.

An attorney for R. Kelly believes that jurors will not be able to come to a fair decision due to bias from watching the 2019 project. Per reports, the jury selection for R. Kelly’s forthcoming Chicago trial should be solidified by the end of the week.

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