Judge to Allow Cameras at Next Court Hearing for Jussie Smollett

Danny Woods
March 13, 2019

Jussie Smollett made a court appearance on Tuesday in Chicago, to attend a hearing on whether or not cameras will be allowed to be present in the courtroom during his next scheduled court appearance.

The Empire actor arrived around at Cook County criminal court around 11am wearing reflective sunglasses and offering a slight smile.

On Friday, a Chicago grand jury hit the singer with 16 counts of disorderly conduct for fabricating the alleged January 29 attack during which he claims two masked white males beat him up and hurled racial and homophobic slurs at him and doused him with bleach.

Schmidt represents Ola and Abel Osundairo, who allegedly told Chicago police that Smollett paid them $3,500 by check to stage a hate crime against him in January, because he was upset with his salary on "Empire".

He noted that he will also assign the case to another judge and that judge will determine whether cameras will be allowed in future hearings.

"What is unexpected however, is the prosecutorial overkill in charging 16 separate counts against Jussie", the statement continued.

If Jussie is found guilty, he faces a potential sentence of up to three years in prison.

BBC reported that police became suspicious after they could not find any video footage of the alleged incident from more than 50 surveillance cameras, and there were no witnesses.

Jussie Smollett set to appear in court as attorney for brothers says actor betrayed their trust

"This entire thing started because they put their trust in the wrong person", attorney Gloria Schmidt said in an interview on CBSN.

The brothers were filmed buying supplies to use in the attack in a store in Chicago the day before it happened.

The actor has maintained his innocence and his lawyers have implied the brothers acted on their own without his knowledge.

'It would be such an easy narrative to see it that way but it's a very complicated relationship.

The brothers were released without being charged.

"You have to look at they were friends and the money did include services for training, but you have to look at it within the context of 'I'm this star and you're someone who I can help and I would like to pay you for something and oh, can you do me this favor.' So was it for training?"

Since then he's been written off of the final episodes of the show that skyrocketed him to fame.

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