J-Hud isn't getting star treatment, court says

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Old 03-May-2012
J-Hud isn't getting star treatment, court says

UNP ImageJennifer Hudson arrives each day at the trial of the man accused of killing three of her close family members with her personal bodyguards in tow. She uses a secret entrance to elude photographers, eats in private and waits for proceedings to start in normally off-limits judge's chambers.

The Oscar winner, recently named one of the world's most beautiful women by People, slips from the courtroom during particularly gory testimony.

Do the accommodations for the actress and singer add up to special star treatment?

"Absolutely not," said Irv Miller, a judge's liaison at the trial, which is into its second full week.

Grim ordeal

Most accommodations, he insisted, are courtesies routinely extended to victims enduring the grim ordeal of sitting through a murder trial. Others, he conceded, are necessary because Hudson a 2004 American Idol finalist and 2007 Oscar winner for her role in Dreamgirls is a celebrity.

"Star status means things have to be a little different," he said. "You just can't have a celebrity walking about, going to the cafeteria people running up to ask for autographs."

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