Outside a Chicago courtroom where R. Kelly attended the latest hearing on his child-porn charges on Wednesday, some 40 schoolchildren showed their support for the R&B star by singing his anthems ”I Believe I Can Fly” and ”Heaven, I Need a Hug,” the Chicago Sun-Times reports. Inside, Kelly appeared to be rehearsing a different song: Shaggy’s ”It Wasn’t Me.” The brief hearing gave prosecutors and Kelly’s lawyers a chance to see each other’s evidence for the first time, and while prosecutors turned over to the defense a copy of the sex tape that led to Kelly’s arrest earlier this summer, the defense turned over a tape of Kelly’s brother’s appearance on TV’s ”Judge Mathis Show.”
Neither Kelly’s lawyers nor the district attorneys would discuss the relevance of the daytime TV courtroom show episode, but a USA Today report of the tape swap notes that Carey Kelly strongly resembles his brother. Given what Kelly’s lawyers have said in the past about the sex tape – they’ve denied that the girl depicted on the tape is a minor and have expressed skepticism over the FBI’s assertion that the man on the tape is R. Kelly – it would seem that they think the ”Judge Mathis” tape is evidence that the man on the sex tape could be someone else, either Carey Kelly or someone else who resembles the singer. Even if it is Carey Kelly on the sex video, he’s not necessarily guilty of the child-porn charges his brother faces, since the defense is arguing that the girl in the video is an adult. Just to make sure, the Kelly lawyers plan to study the sex tape this weekend. ”We’re going to spend the weekend watching videos,” Kelly attorney Sam Adam told the Sun-Times. ”We don’t have to hit the porn store.”
The sex video is one of six tapes and 73 pieces of evidence prosecutors turned over to the defense at the hearing. Kelly’s next court date is Sept. 20.