Jurors were asked whether they had watched the 2019 documentary ”Surviving R. Kelly.”

The jury selection process for R. Kelly’s federal trial began in Chicago on Monday amid allegations that he rigged his 2008 state trial and committed child pornography.

A potential jury asked whether they watched the 2019 documentary, “Surviving R. Kelly,” about sexual assault charges against the R&B star.

Kelly’s lawyers requested that anyone who saw the film be automatically disqualified from the jury pool, but U.S. Judge Harry Leinenweber denied their request. The judge did, however, quiz prospective jurors on how much of the documentary they had viewed, their memories of it, and if they believed it could be fair.

About half of the 60 prospective jurors the judge questioned, almost half, were dismissed. Among those banished was a woman who once took R. Kelly’s children’s martial arts classes.

The jury selection process is scheduled to resume on Tuesday.

His federal trial is considered a retrial of his 2008 state trial. He was cleared of making a sex tape of himself with a girl when he was 30. R. Kelly got accused of threatening and paying off the victim and her parents in the trial.

Double jeopardy, which prohibits prosecution for the same crimes a defendant acquires, does not apply in this case. Instead, prosecutors allege different offenses related to the victim, including denial of rights.

It will be the victim, who is now in her 30s, who testifies for the government in the judicial trial. There will also be testimony from multiple other women who claim R. Kelly abused them as minors.

He was sentenced to 30 years in New York for a 2021 racketeering and sex trafficking conviction. This was for using his fame to abuse other young fans sexually. He is contesting that conviction.