Actor Jussie Smollett makes brief court appearance

Actor Jussie Smollett makes brief court appearance

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.

Weeks later, a grand jury indicted Smollett on 16 felony counts of lying to authorities; eight counts from what he told the responding officer, and eight for what he later told a detective about being the victim of a brutal racist and homophobic beating by two masked Trump supporters in downtown Chicago. At least one of the brothers had appeared as an extra on "Empire", and Schmidt said they hoped Smollett could help their careers, but they now feel he betrayed them.

Smollett's attorney, Mark Geragos, has questioned why the Osundairo brothers were not indicted alongside him.

Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said at a press conference last month that police found the "check that [Smollett] used to pay [two brothers]" to fake the beating, adding he paid them $3,500 "for the two of them in total, and then $500 upon return".

"There has been a lot of misinformation in this case that has been presented as fact and evidence against Mr. Smollett which is demonstrably false", Glandian later told reporters.

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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.

She said her clients are remorseful for their role in the situation and they hope it opens dialogue for people in minority communities and those that have suffered hate crimes. "They also did not know that their loyalty to him would be betrayed". "What is unexpected, however, is the prosecutorial overkill in charging 16 separate counts against Jussie".

Smollett has denied any involvement in orchestrating an attack. "These are details that came out with my clients fully cooperating with the police", she said. During that hearing, the case will be assigned to a trial judge who will then likely ask Smollett to enter a plea.

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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