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


Judge will allow cameras in court room for Jussie Smollett's hearing on Thursday.

Martin on Tuesday said he will allow one still camera and one video camera at Thursday's hearing.

Police allege that Smollett, who is black and gay, staged the January 29 attack because he was unhappy with his salary and wanted to promote his career.

No one was happier about the ruling than Smollett, who was camera ready when he rolled up to court rocking shades, gloves, and a sleek grey trench coat - his first time being spotted since a grand jury indicted him on 16 counts last week. Smollett now faces 16 felony counts of disorderly conduct, the charge used for filing a false police report. She said there has been a lot of leaked misinformation and that cameras would allow the public to "see the evidence and the lack thereof".

Jussie Smollett attended a hearing at the Leighton Criminal Courts Building in Chicago on Tuesday.

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Prosecutors accuse Smollett of making 16 false statements to authorities when he said he was attacked by two white men in a racist and homophobic hate crime. On Tuesday, his attorney Mark Geragos was needed in a Cook County Courthouse to file paperwork allowing him to represent Smollett in the state of IL.

Mark Geragos, Smollett's attorney, spoke with Anderson Cooper on Friday and said Smollett refused to sign a police complaint after the incident because "he could not believe it".

The actor, who is African-American and openly gay, has said he was walking from a Subway sandwich shop to his apartment in the 300 block of East North Water Street about 2 a.m. January 29 when two men walked up, yelled racial and homophobic slurs, hit him and wrapped a noose around his neck.

Police were able to piece together surveillance camera footage that led them to Olabinjo "Ola" Osundairo and his brother, Abindola "Abel" Osundairo, bodybuilding brothers who had worked with Smollett as extras on "Empire" and as a fitness coach. The two men who were initially suspects later claimed the actor had paid them to stage the attack.

The two Nigerian-American brothers at the center of Jussie Smollett's hate crime case say they "feel tremendously regretful" for the role they played in the allegedly orchestrated attack against the Empire star.