Thursday, 21 March, 2019

Jussie Smollett Makes Court Appearance as Judge Allows Cameras for Next Hearing

Jussie Smollett leaves Cook County jail after posting bond Getty Images
Lora Ball | 12 March, 2019, 23:11

Attorney Tina Glandian made the comments during a brief hearing Tuesday in Cook County criminal court during which both sides agreed that cameras would be allowed at the next hearing in the case, which is scheduled for Thursday.

A spokeswoman for Smollett said he wanted to "show up and show respect to the court".

The counts in the indictment obtained by CNN say Smollett gave statements to a Chicago police officer after the incident and to a detective.

Meanwhile, Smollett's attorney, Mark Geragos, wonders why the Osundairo brothers were not indicted right along with his client. The high profile attorney will be representing Smollett in court on Thursday.

Smollett was arrested on February 21 after being charged with felony disorderly conduct for allegedly filing a false police report in which he claimed he was the victim of a hate crime. Although he's maintained his innocence, the court of public opinion isn't buying it. "We knew that there is no way they would expose their evidence to a public airing and subject their witnesses to cross-examination".

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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. His lawyer responded by claiming that the indictment "is nothing more than a desperate attempt to make headlines in order to distract from the internal investigation launched to investigate the outrageous leaking of false information by the Chicago Police Department". In the meantime, there is no warrant for his arrest in connection with this week's indictment "because it's the same case", Chicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi told Reuters. "You have to look at what kind of relationship they had with Mr. Smollett".

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

"Empire" actor Jussie Smollett is charged disorderly conduct, accused of orchestrating a fake hate crime against himself because he was upset with his salary.

Prosecutors allege that Smollett, who is black and gay, enlisted the help of two other black men and staged the January 29 attack because he was unhappy with his salary and wanted to promote his career.

As previously reported, the check Smollett signed for the brothers was not for the attack, but, instead, for a training and nutrition program.

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