Jussie Smollett Hate Hoax Causes 'Huge Divide' on 'Empire' Set

Jussie Smollett set to appear in court as attorney for brothers says actor betrayed their trust

Attorney for brothers involved in the Jussie Smollett case says they were ‘betrayed’ by the celebrity

Jussie Smollett strutted into his hearing this afternoon where a judge ruled that cameras will be allowed for his arraignment this week, but it's up to the case's appointed judge to determine the use of cameras for all future proceedings.

The Empire actor arrived around at Cook County criminal court around 11am wearing reflective sunglasses and offering a slight smile. The subject was whether cameras would be allowed in the courtroom during Jussie Smollett's arraignment on Thursday, March 14, 2019.

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.

Police initially treated the incident as a hate crime, but their focus turned to Smollett after two brothers who were alleged to have been his attackers told police that Smollett had paid them $3,500 to stage the attack, with a promise of another $500 later.

The two Nigerian-American brothers at the center of Jussie Smollett's hate crime case say they "feel tremendously regretful" for the role they played in the allegedly orchestrated attack against the Empire star.

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Earlier this month, the 36-year-old Empire actor was indicted on 16 felony counts by a grand jury in Chicago.

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

An attorney representing USA television actor Jussie Smollett, accused of staging a false hate-motivated attack, said Tuesday the case was mired in "misinformation" and "demonstrably false" evidence. "Jussie adamantly maintains his innocence even if law enforcement has robbed him of that presumption". "You have to look at what kind of relationship they had with Mr. Smollett".

As previously reported, the Superintendent of Chicago PD, Eddie Johnson, accused the Empire actor of staging his January attack because he was "dissatisfied with his salary." When reporting the January attack, Smollett claimed that he was assaulted by two masked men who yelled racist and homophobic slurs at him, poured what he believed was bleach over him and put a noose around his neck.

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