Judge ordered detainee not to look at R. Kelly

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Before jury selection resumed Thursday morning in the R. Kelly child pornography trial, the judge held quick status hearings for four separate cases.

When a white pre-trial detainee in his 20s stood before Cook County Circuit Court Judge Vincent Gaughan, the man could barely concentrate on his own hearing.

He kept looking over his right shoulder and smiling at Kelly who sat at the defense table.

Irritated, Gaughan asked the prisoner, “What are you doing?”

Still smiling, the star-struck man said, “R. Kelly,” and looked over at the singer again.

The judge said, “R. Kelly, huh. If you do that again I’ll hold you in direct contempt of court.”

Wiping the smile off his face, the man then focused on his won case and did not attempt to glance at Kelly again before he was taken back to the jail.

An expressionless Kelly did not acknowledge the attention from the perceived fan. (AP)

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