A judge has denied a request made by R. Kelly's attorney's to be given the name of his alleged accusers ahead of his trial this year.
Brooklyn Federal Judge Ann Donnelly denied Kelly's motion after prosecutors working on the case against told her that by revealing the names of all of his victims, they could be put in harm's way .
In court, prosecutors gave an example of a letter that Kelly sent an accuser back in 2017 when she was just 19 years old. According to reports, Kelly wrote in the letter that if Heather Williams "really cares about her own reputation she should cease her participation and association with the organizers of this negative campaign."
Kelly is seeking to discover his alleged victims identified in court only as Jane Doe No. 2 and Jane Doe No. 3.
Jane Doe No. 2 alleges that she met Kelly in 1999 and had sex with him when she was just 16 years old, while Jane Doe No. 3 claims that Kelly locked her in a bedroom in a Chicago recording studio for three days without food and sexually assaulted her while she was unconscious.
Kelly's lead defense attorney in Chicago was unhappy with the ruling. "I don't know how we're supposed to put together a defense without the specifics of who these people are," Steven Greenberg said.