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.
He also said that leveling charges in an indictment spares prosecutors the need to submit evidence and witnesses to defense cross-examination in a preliminary hearing, where a judge decides if sufficient cause exists for the case to proceed to trial. At least one of the brothers had appeared as an extra on "Empire", and Schmidt said they hoped Smollett could help their careers, but they now feel he betrayed them.
"This entire thing started because they put their trust in the wrong person", said attorney Gloria Schmidt, who represent Ola and Abel Osundairo.
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - FEBRUARY 21: Guards walk with Empire actor Jussie Smollett before he is released on bond from Cook County jail on February 21, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois.
If convicted of the 16 felony counts, he could spend up to 64 years in prison and some feel that seems excessive for a first-time offense of lying to police about a fake attack. Smollett said he was walking home from a 2 a.m. trip to a Subway near his Streeterville apartment on January 29, when his attackers hit him, draped a thin rope noose around his neck.
"The fact of an indictment was not unexpected". Those men have admitted to police that they took part in the staged attack for Smollett, who paid them $3 500. "I have never seen a media pendulum swing more quickly and more viciously and rob someone of their presumption of innocence like this case is".
The Chicago Police Department has told reporters that they believe Smollett staged the attack in order to draw attention to himself because he was dissatisfied with his salary at Empire.
In an interview with ABC's "Good Morning America" days before he was charged, Smollett said he was angry that some people questioned his story, and he suggested the disbelief might come from racial bias.