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

Cook County Department of Corrections after posting bail in Chicago

Cameras will be allowed inside the courtroom for Jussie Smollett's next hearing in Chicago later this week, a judge ruled Tuesday.

During the hearing, which was held after local news organizations requested that cameras be allowed in the courtroom, Judge LeRoy Martin, Jr. said that the new judge will decide whether or not to allow cameras in the courtroom during subsequent hearings and the trial.

Prosecutors allege that Smollett, who is black and gay, enlisted the help of two other black men and staged the January 29 attack because he was unhappy with his salary and wanted to promote his career. Glandian is a lawyer from Geragos' firm.

Smollett was indicted Friday on 16 counts of disorderly conduct for allegedly lying to two separate police officers about the incident, which happened on January 29, not far from the actor's home in Streeterville.

The Empire actor arrived at the Cooks County court in a gray coat, which he wore over gray trousers, a white button-up shirt and a tie.

He is facing a maximum sentence of 48 years behind bars and fines of up to $400,000. "What is unexpected, however, is the prosecutorial overkill in charging 16 separate counts against Jussie".

He is expected to cut a plea deal with authorities, according to experts cited by ABC. The video was captured as Jussie made his way to the Cook County Court on Tuesday afternoon.

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Police pieced together much of their evidence by reviewing footage from about 55 police and private surveillance cameras showing the brothers' movements before and after the attack. Those men have admitted to police that they took part in the staged attack for Smollett, who paid them $3,500.

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.

The brothers were filmed buying supplies to use in the attack in a store in Chicago the day before it happened.

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

'It would be such an easy narrative to see it that way but it's a very complicated relationship. "If you're friends, and I'm saying, 'Hey, I'm going to pay you for training, ' I'm also asking you to do me a favor. and the favor was to stage the attack". The men were released without being charged.

Since then he's been written off of the final episodes of the show that skyrocketed him to fame.

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