Chicago news staff told to treat R. Kelly with special care

January 23, 2003
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Chicago Sun-Times
News staffers at Chicago Fox affiliate WFLD-TV were told in a memo to “take particular care in our reporting of R. Kelly” so the station could get “exclusive access” to the R&B star, who is awaiting trial on 21 child pornograhy charges in Chicago. The memo states: “When referring to the alleged victim . . . do not specify an age . . . she is simply “underaged. Do not use video of him in orange jumpsuit …unless specifically referring to his arrest [last June] in Florida.” A WFLD veep tells Robert Feder the memo was written by an executive producer after being pressured by news anchor Robin Robinson, who is a Kelly pal.