R. Kelly wants anyone who has seen the ‘Surviving R. Kelly’ docuseries to be banned as a potential juror in his trial … saying there’s no way they can give him a fair shot.
R. Kelly and his team filed a motion Monday to disqualify jurors who have seen any portion of the docuseries, as his 2nd federal trial begins in Chicago.
According to legal docs obtained by TMZ … “any potential juror who has watched any portion of this docuseries must be disqualified for cause on whether they can be fair, too great a risk exists that such a juror would base their verdict on matters not introduced into evidence in the courtroom”.
Kelly’s facing charges of child porn and obstruction of justice … and his alleged victim from his infamous 2008 case is expected to testify.
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The docs state, “Any potential juror who has seen any portion of Surviving R. Kelly is prejudiced where there’s no scenario which an individual exposed to the contents of Surviving R. Kelly can be impartial.”
In other words … his camp says there’s absolutely no way anyone who has seen any parts of the doc can be fair, and they shouldn’t be allowed to be jurors in the case.
His team claims there are episodes that talk specifically about his 2008 prosecution, in which he was acquitted … and they say the docuseries also includes allegations that the government has said won’t be featured in this trial.
Jury selection is expected to begin Monday.
R. Kelly Wants To Ban Jurors Who’ve Seen ‘Surviving R. Kelly’ From Trial