Thursday, 23 May, 2019

Is the Jussie Smollett Case Enough to Bring Down "Empire?"

Is the Jussie Smollett Case Enough to Bring Down Judge to be assigned to Jussie Smollett case during court hearing today
Lora Ball | 14 March, 2019, 20:41

With all the drama surrounding him and his legal situation, there has been talk of the show not continuing further, which has yet to be confirmed.

A Cook County grand jury indictment, made public on Friday, charged Smollett with disorderly conduct for each crime he said he had suffered, with separate counts related to statements he made the night of January 29 to a police officer, and then for repeating the same account to a detective the same night.

According to Deadline, the actor pleaded not guilty in front of the grand jury in Chicago today, shortly after he arrived at court.

It's being said he will need to attend every court date from here on out, but is allowed to travel to Los Angeles and NY for meetings with his lawyers.

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Smollett's next hearing was scheduled for April 17. He is accused of filing a false police report. They say Smollett was unhappy about his salary and wanted to drum up publicity to help his career.

Smollett was initially charged with one count of lying to the authorities on February 20. "Jussie adamantly maintains his innocence even if law enforcement has robbed him of that presumption". The actor's attorney Mark Geragos called the indictment "vindictive" and "prosecutorial overkill". Details in some of those statements were different, the indictment says. But the tide began to turn just days later, when police announced that the trajectory of the investigation had changed, and that Smollett would be treated as a suspect.

"Empire" producers made a decision to remove Smollett's character, Jamal, from the final two episodes of the season. "(4) Transmits or causes to be transmitted in any manner to any peace officer, public officer or public employee a report to the effect that an offense will be committed, is being committed, or has been committed, knowing at the time of the transmission that there is no reasonable ground for believing that the offense will be committed, is being committed, or has been committed".

An attorney for the Osundairo brothers, Abimbola "Abel" and Olabinjo "Ola", has said a $3500 check the actor gave the brothers was for both personal training and to stage an attack. Allegations against Mr. Smollett are shameful and if proven, they are an affront to the people of Chicago who embraced him as a neighbor & respected him as a role model.

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