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Judge: Music writer need not testify at R. Kelly trial

A music writer who spent decades raising awareness about sexual misconduct allegations against R. Kelly won’t be required to testify at the R&B singer’s federal trial on child pornography and trial-fixing charges, a judge ruled Wednesday. Lawyers for Jim DeRogatis, who in 2019 released the book “Soulless: The Case Against R. Kelly,” invoked legal protections for the press in a Tuesday filing asking U.S. District Judge Harry Leinenweber to quash a defense subpoena that DeRogatis testify this week. DeRogatis was a reporter for the Chicago Sun-Times in the early 2000s when he anonymously received a videotape that he gave to police and that was central to Kelly’s child pornography trial in 2008 in state court.