Published: Tue, March 12, 2019
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

Jussie Smollett Attends Hearing Ahead of Disorderly Conduct Court Case

Jussie Smollett Attends Hearing Ahead of Disorderly Conduct Court Case

The current judge of Cook County's criminal division reportedly chose to allow cameras in the courtroom during Smollett's next appearance in court on Thursday for criminal charges he is facing.

Last week a grand jury indicted Smollett on 16 counts of disorderly conduct.

Pictured arriving to court on Tuesday afternoon.

The counts focus on allegedly false statements made to two different Chicago Police officers.

A source tells ET that Smollett chose to come to court on Tuesday because he wants to be as transparent as possible, and that he looks forward to the evidence being presented in court.

Jussie Smollett states he is telling the truth and Mark Geragos represents him.

Smollett is scheduled to be arraigned on Thursday.

In a statement to ET, Geragos said: "The fact of an indictment was not unexpected. We knew that there is no way they would expose their evidence to a public airing and subject their witnesses to cross-examination".

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Smollett's attorneys have called the charges "prosecutorial overkill" and the actor has vehemently maintained his innocence. The actor, who is free on bond, maintains his innocence.

"Meanwhile, following the news of his indictment, Chief Communications Officer of the Chicago Police Department Anthony Guglielmi tweeted: ".

No mention is made in the indictment of Smollett's claim, according to police, that his attackers yelled, "This is MAGA country", referring to Trump's "Make America Great Again" slogan, as they accosted him.

Smollett was charged last month with one count of misconduct -the felony in IL that people are charged with when accused of lying to police - because he allegedly lied to police about being the victim of a racist and homophobic attack by two masked men in downtown Chicago on January 29.

"As far as we can tell, the scratching and bruising that you saw on his face were most likely self-inflicted", Johnson alleged.

According to previous police recitations of Smollett's story, he reported that two masked men approached him on the street in the early hours of January 29 shouting racial and homophobic slurs, struck him in the face, doused him with an "unknown chemical substance" and wrapped a rope around his neck before they fled.

"Empire" actor Jussie Smollett is charged disorderly conduct, accused of orchestrating a fake hate crime against himself because he was upset with his salary.

As previously reported, the check Smollett signed for the brothers was not for the attack, but, instead, for a training and nutrition program.

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