A judge has given R&B star R. Kelly permission to attend the Grammy Awards, but told Kelly that he had to stay away from his one-time collaborator Michael Jackson.
Neither Kelly’s defense team or the prosecution ever brought up anything regarding a meeting between Kelly and Jackson. According to the Associated Press, both sides claim that Judge Vincent Gaughan made the decision himself. He was unavailable to comment on the verdict.
Jackson, who wasn’t nominated for a Grammy this year, isn’t even expected to attend the event.
Kelly is awaiting trial on 21 counts of child pornography stemming from a tape that allegedly shows him having sex with an underage girl. Police arrested Kelly in June 2002 after receiving the tape anonymously. Jacko is, of course, having problems of his own after being arrested last November on seven counts of child molestation.
Kelly and Jackson have worked together on two tracks. Kelly produced Jackson’s 1995 hit “You Are Not Alone” and last year’s “Give Me One More Chance.”
Kelly is nominated for two Grammys this year for his album Chocolate Factory, which went double-platinum despite being released only a few months after Kelly’s arrest. He is nominated for Best Male R&B Performance and Best Contemporary R&B Album. The Grammy’s will be held on February 8 in Los Angeles. Kelly was ordered to return home to Chicago by February 18.