The Chicago Tribune reports that the judge hearing the child pornography case against R&B singer R. Kelly ruled yesterday that he will allow the public to view a videotape that allegedly shows the performer having sex with a minor. Tuesday’s decision by Criminal Court Judge Vincent Gaughan confirms an earlier decision he had made in the case.
Last year, both the prosecution and the defense asked the judge to limit viewing of the tape. Defense lawyers did not want the public to see the video because they feared it would harm Kelly’s ability to get a fair trial. Prosecutors sought to keep the tape from being viewed by the public because they believe it may do further damage to the girl who was the alleged victim of the sex act.