The judge in the murder trial of ex-football player Aaron Hernandez has briefly closed the courtroom to privately question a man who sued Hernandez over being shot in the face.

All members of the public had to leave the courtroom for about 15 minutes Wednesday while Alexander Bradley was questioned. The defense tried unsuccessfully to block Bradley's testimony.

The judge previously ruled that prosecutors would not be allowed to ask Bradley about the shooting. It happened a few months before the June 2013 killing of Odin Lloyd.

Hernandez has pleaded not guilty in Lloyd's killing. Lloyd was dating the sister of Hernandez's fiancee.

Bradley says he got into an argument with Hernandez after leaving a Florida strip club in February 2013 and was shot between the eyes.