There’s little doubt Judge Harry Leinenweber will approve some form of a protective order during a Wednesday hearing. But the singer’s lawyers said at a hearing last week that restrictions proposed by prosecutors were too wide-reaching and could hamper their defense.
Kelly is jailed on charges that also include coercing minors to engage in sex. Marshals are transporting him to New York for his Friday arraignment on related charges. He isn’t expected to attend Wednesday’s Chicago hearing.
His 82-year-old judge revealed last week that before his assignment to the case this month he hadn’t heard of Kelly, whose hits include “Bump N’ Grind” and “I Believe I Can Fly.”