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Jim DeRogatis, a music critic, is fighting a summons to testify in the R. Kelly case.

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im DeRogatis' legal team filed a move on Tuesday to have a defence subpoena to testify at the federal criminal prosecution of famed musician R. Kelly thrown out.

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DeRogatis and his present employer, The New Yorker, filed the motion, which claims that by calling the veteran reporter to testify, Derrel McDavid's lawyers are attempting to put their client's "newsgathering" on trial.

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Compelled evidence is intrusive into Mr. DeRogatis' news gathering techniques and understanding of the actual sources and their source materials because of his work as an investigative reporter, according to the motion.

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DeRogatis was summoned last month by attorneys representing McDavid, Kelly's former business manager, to testify on an alleged sex tape that Kelly and a then-14-year-old girl were involved in and was delivered anonymously to him at the Chicago Sun-Times two decades earlier.

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As a result of DeRogatis' reporting on the tape, Kelly was indicted in Cook County on counts of child pornography and later found not guilty. This helped expose Kelly's alleged sexual misbehaviour.

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 DeRogatis was asked to testify in that case, but he refused to do so after claiming his First and Fifth Amendment rights.

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The same videotape is one of several alleged sex tapes at the centre of Kelly's ongoing trial at the Dirksen U.S. Courthouse. Kelly, McDavid, and another former employee,

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Milton "June" Brown, are accused of conspiring to conceal Kelly's sexual transgressions by purchasing back incriminating evidence and intimidating or paying off witnesses.

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The DeRogatis tape's authenticity and chain of custody have been frequently contested by the defendants' attorneys, in part because duplicates were created at the Sun-Times before one copy was given to the police.

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Last month, McDavid's attorneys claimed that Angel Krull, the former prosecutor in charge of the investigation, had inappropriately contacted DeRogatis in the early days of 2019 using the burner email address "piedpiper312@gmail.com," which was linked to the alias "Demetrius Slovenski."

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Jim DeRogatis, a music critic, is fighting a summons to testify in the R. Kelly case.