Juror wants out of R. Kelly trial

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There was more jury drama this morning in the R. Kelly trial this morning as a juror asked to be excused.

It isn't yet clear why the juror, a black male in his 30s or 40s who is a student at a culinary school, wants out, or whether the judge will agree to his request.

The juror sent the judge a note which read, "How can I be removed and go home? I really need to."

Gaughan has now allowed the jury to stop for lunch. He'll resolve the issue when everyone returns in an hour or so.

The jury has also asked for a second TV and VCR so that they can compare two tapes at the same time. They already have one VCR, a copy of the notorious sex tape at the center of the case and a tape which shows pop videos in which the alleged victim appears.

Judge Gaughan will also rule on this request after lunch. He told Kelly's attorneys that he wants Kelly, who missed this latest courtroom exchange, to remain in the building from now on.

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