Smollett's lawyer welcomes cameras in courtroom

Smollett's lawyer welcomes cameras in courtroom

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.

Smollett's attorneys didn't object to the presence of media in the courtroom, saying there had been a lot of "false information spread" in the case, according to NBC Chicago.

Actor Jussie Smollett returned to court in Chicago Tuesday morning, days after he was charged with 16 felony counts related to that alleged hate crime hoax. "He's a celebrity. This is somebody who is in a position of power over my clients". "You have to look at what kind of relationship they had with Mr. Smollett".

The indictment says Smollett told police he was attacked by two men who used racial and homophobic slurs during an encounter at 2 a.m.

News of the assault spread quickly on social media, with many expressing outrage while others wondered whether the story was fabricated even as Chicago police insisted their detectives were treating the matter seriously.

Smollett was arrested last month for allegedly orchestrating the attack.

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"The fact of an indictment was not unexpected".

Insiders told the outlet that Smollett wanted to be in court to show that he is taking an active part in his own criminal defense.

Schmidt said that the brothers have evidence to back up their claims.

Geragos also questioned why the Osundairo brothers were not indicted alongside Smollett.

When asked if the check had anything to do with the attack, Schmidt said it's not a "clear-cut answer".

Cops initially investigated the case as a hate crime but piecing together surveillance camera footage it led them to Nigerian bodybuilding brothers Abel and Ola Osundairo, aged 25 and 27, who were extras on Empire and worked with the actor fitness coaches. "He had a good position with Fox, so this was someone that they had trusted to consider their best interests". "They are free men and they are at home", she said.

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