Cameras Will Be Allowed During Arraignment In Alleged MAGA-Hoax Case


Smollett has been accused of staging a hate crime against himself and was indicted last week on 16 felony counts.

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.

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".

"Empire" actor Jussie Smollett has arrived at a hearing in Chicago where lawyers will discuss whether cameras should be allowed in the courtroom during his disorderly conduct trial.

He said the attack "was staged, the brothers had on gloves during the staged attack where they punched him a little, but as far as we can tell, the scratching and bruising that you saw on [Smollett's] face was most likely self-inflicted".

His legal team says they welcome cameras as a counter to the "misinformation" leaked to media.

Smollett, who is black and openly gay, had told police he was attacked as he was walking home around 2 a.m. on January 29.

The greatest threat to Jussie Smollett's defense may ultimately be the Osundairo Brothers who are cooperating with prosecutors and say that Jussie Smollett allegedly hired them for the attack and even practiced it.

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Smollett has denied any involvement in orchestrating an attack.

"Obviously that shift is because of the evidence that came to light, and it was because this was something that was at Mr. Smollett's direction", she said. He is free on bond.

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

In a statement to ET, Geragos said: "The fact of an indictment was not unexpected".

Jussie Smollett states he is telling the truth and Mark Geragos represents him.

"I haven't seen one piece of evidence, and they don't have one piece of evidence that they've turned over that links Jussie to this".

I think they will keep the movement going, because this is really the worst case scenario. These are the two people that did it.