‘Empire’ Actor Jussie Smollett Expected at Hearing to Discuss Cameras in Courtroom

Carla Harmon
March 12, 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.

Chicago police claim Smollett paid the brothers $3,500 to stage a hate crime against him in late January because he was upset with his salary on Empire. Smollett appeared in court on Tuesday, March 12, 2019, for a status hearing.

The counts focus on allegedly false statements made to two different Chicago Police officers.

"We welcome cameras in the courtroom so that the public and the media can see the actual evidence and what we believe is the lack of evidence against Mr. Smollett and we look forward to complete transparency and the truth coming out", she said. He entered with Tina Glendian, a lawyer from his attorney Mark Geragos' firm.

Are you going to watch the Jussie Smollett arraignment live on Thursday? "We knew that there is no way they would expose their evidence to a public airing and subject their witnesses to cross-examination". Allegations against Mr. Smollett are shameful & if proven, they are an affront to the people of Chicago who embraced him as a neighbor & respected him as a role model. The 36-year-old actor, who is free on $100,000 bond, has vehemently denied lying to police or faking the attack.

Smollett's attorneys have called the charges "prosecutorial overkill" and say the actor maintains his innocence.

"As far as we can tell, the scratching and bruising that you saw on his face were most likely self-inflicted", Johnson alleged.

Jussie Smollett's case reached a new level on Friday after a grand jury revealed that he's been indicted on 16 felony counts for filing a false police report - one count for each alleged false statement he provided to police during two interviews.

Smollett, 36, who is black and openly gay and plays a gay musician on the Fox network hip-hop drama "Empire", was charged last month in a single-count criminal complaint with making a false report to police, defined under IL law as a form of disorderly conduct.

Media organizations want video and still cameras to record court proceedings on the charges alleging Smollett staged a phony attack on himself and told police he was the victim of a hate crime.

After a three week investigation, police concluded that Smollett actually conspired with the Osundairo brothers to stage the attack.

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