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


Jussie Smollett strut into his hearing this afternoon where it'll be decided if cameras will be allowed in court throughout his disorderly conduct case. That judge could potentially reverse or modify any decision made Tuesday about cameras in the courtroom.

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.

Meanwhile, an attorney for the brothers involved in the case says her clients were betrayed by Smollett. During that hearing, the case will be assigned to a trial judge who will then likely ask Smollett to enter a plea.

After the hearing, Glandian told reporters that evidence has been presented against Smollett that is "demonstrably false".

A grand jury indicted 36-year-old Smollett last week on 16 felony counts accusing him of lying to the police about being the victim of a racist and homophobic attack by two masked men in downtown Chicago. 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.

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

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. 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". Per de Mar, who attended the court appearance, Smollett's legal team claimed they welcome cameras as a counter to the "misinformation" allegedly shared with the media.

Police said, in reality, Smollett had paid the Osundairo brothers to stage the attack.

The next day, the show's producers announced that Smollett's character had been written off the final two episodes of the show.