Judge Overseeing R. Kelly's Child Pornography Case to Decide on Evidence Restrictions
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Reports of the protective order comes just days after the 'I Believe I Can Fly' hitmaker's crisis manager Darrell Johnson stepped down after seemingly referring to the singer as a paedophile.

AceShowbiz - A federal judge overseeing R. Kelly's child pornography case in Chicago, Illinois, is set to rule on the level of restrictions placed on evidence for the case.

Judge Harry Leinenweber will make a decision over the protective order during a hearing on Wednesday (July 31). And the "I Believe I Can Fly" hitmaker's lawyers are hoping for a change in the proposed restrictions, after they revealed in a hearing last week that those forwarded by prosecutors could be harmful to the 52-year-old's defence.

Kelly isn't expected to attend Wednesday's hearing, but will be transported to New York for an arraignment on Friday on related charges.

In July, the troubled R&B star was indicted in federal courts in New York and Chicago on charges including; child sexual exploitation, child pornography production, kidnapping and racketeering.

The restrictions could prove another blow for the "Ignition" star, whose crisis manager Darrell Johnson stepped down from the role after commenting during an appearance on "Good Morning America", "I would not leave my daughter with anyone that's accused of being a paedophile."

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