Cameras will be allowed at Jussie Smollett’s next hearing

Cameras will be allowed at Jussie Smollett’s next hearing

"This entire thing started because they put their trust in the wrong person", attorney Gloria Schmidt said in an interview on CBSN.

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

The embattled actor - who is accused of filing a false police report claiming he was the victim of a hate crime - attended Tuesday's hearing, even though his presence was not required in the court. The actor, who is black and openly gay, said the masked men beat him, made racist and homophobic comments and yelled, "This is MAGA country" before fleeing the scene.

But in a press conference following Smollett's arrest, Superintendent of the Chicago Police Department Eddie T. Johnson claimed that the actor staged his alleged attack to promote his career, and because he was "dissatisfied" with his Empire salary.

After a three week investigation, police concluded that Smollett actually conspired with the Osundairo brothers to stage the attack. Allegations against Mr. Smollett are shameful & if proven, they are an affront to the people of Chicago who embraced him as a neighbor & respected him as a role model.

Police investigated Smollett's allegations for three weeks, and have said it was not until the Osundairo brothers had been in custody for almost two days that the investigation switched from an alleged hate crime to an alleged hoax.

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Meanwhile, Smollett's attorney, Mark Geragos, wonders why the Osundairo brothers were not indicted right along with his client.

She said the brothers and Smollett met through a working relationship.

"Jussie Smollett knew that at the time of this transmission there was no reasonable ground for believing that such offenses had been committed", the indictment states.

"They were (fitness) trainers; they were training him", she said. "But, the cast, however, have been supportive of Jussie, and they signed it". "These are details that came out with my clients fully cooperating with the police", she said. Details in some of those statements were different, the indictment says.

On Feb. 22, the television show "Empire" said Smollett would be written out of the last two episodes of the season, which still had yet to be filmed.

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