Judge to Allow Cameras at Next Court Hearing for Jussie Smollett

Smollett lawyer Court cameras will show state’s flimsy case

Smollett lawyer Court cameras will show state’s flimsy case

A spokeswoman for Smollett's attorneys says the actor is expected to attend Tuesday's hearing in Cook County criminal court.

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.

The Jussie Smollett case is one of the more odd events that's occurred in 2019 so far. In his GMA interview last month, the actor told Robin Roberts that there had been misinformation reported about the attack, such as him telling police that his attackers wore MAGA hats - which, according to Smollett, never happened. When reporting the January attack, Smollett claimed that he was assaulted by two masked men who yelled racist and homophobic slurs at him, poured what he believed was bleach over him and put a noose around his neck.

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"They feel tremendously regretful for their role in this, and their involvement in the situation", Schmidt said.

Meanwhile, ET has learned that attorney Mark Geragos filed paperwork on Monday to officially represent Smollett in IL. She further added, however, that while the check read that it was specifically for training purposes, it was actually also a payment to the brothers to stage the attack. "They also did not know that their loyalty to him would be betrayed".

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

Smollett has denied any involvement in orchestrating an attack.

Schmidt said she does not know if the brothers will testify against Smollett at trial, noting it's not up to her who prosecutors call as witnesses.

"They fully cooperated with the police".

He is free on $100,000 bond and has another hearing scheduled for Thursday where he'll be arraigned for those 16 felony counts and where a judge will be assigned over his case.

The next day, the show's producers announced that Smollett's character had been written off the final two episodes of the show.

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