NBC News confirms freelancer was stopped near Rittenhouse jurors but denies wrongdoing
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NBC News issued a statement after Judge Bruce Schroeder banned the network from the Kyle Rittenhouse trial.

"We've received a report this morning from the Kenosha Police Department that last evening... a person who identified himself as a James J. Morrison, who claimed that he is a producer with NBC News -- employed by MSNBC -- and under the supervision of a person named Irene Byon... the police stopped him because he was following in the distance of ... they pulled him over and inquired about that was going on and he gave that information," Schroeder said.

In a statement, Kenosha Police said they "suspect this person was trying to photograph jurors. This incident is being investigated much further."

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NBC News denied Morrison was trying to photograph jurors.

"Last night, a freelancer received a traffic citation. While the traffic violation took place near the jury van, the freelancer never contacted or intended to contact the jurors during deliberations, and never photographed or intended to photograph them," the network said in a statement to CNN chief media correspondent Brian Stelter.

"We regret the incident and will fully cooperate with the authorities on any investigation," the network added.


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