Jussie Smollett Confidently Walks Into Court For Hearing

Brenda Watkins
March 12, 2019

Jussie Smollett confidently strode into court as the judge in his criminal case prepares to decide whether the media will be allowed inside the courtroom for his hearings. Smollett is expected to be arraigned this week on the 16 counts he was recently hit with, alleging his orchestration of the infamous hoax.

"Some of the cast wanted to send him a message, like a "We're thinking of you" thing, and asked people to sign it, but a lot of people were disgusted" said a source according to Page Six.

Two brothers who authorities said took part in a staged attack on actor Jussie Smollett were "betrayed" by the celebrity, their attorney told CNN on Monday.

Jussie Smollett's case reached a new level on Friday after a grand jury revealed that he's been indicted on 16 felony counts for filing a false police report - one count for each alleged false statement he provided to police during two interviews.

Chicago police claim Smollett paid the brothers $3,500 to stage a hate crime against him in late January because he was upset with his salary on Empire.

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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. "I can tell you, with confidence, they did not commit a hate crime".

The brothers are not expecting special treatment from prosecutors in exchange for their grand jury testimony against Smollett.

Schmidt said her clients' cooperation with police is why police began investigating Smollett for staging the attack.

An attorney for Ola and Abel Osundairo said they feel "betrayed" by the actor and are trying "to pick up the pieces of what this has done to their lives". "If you believe what the police chief is saying, they've got a great case against the two brothers", Geragos said.

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

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