Judge to Allow Cameras at Next Court Hearing for Jussie Smollett

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

Smollett said they also yelled, "This is MAGA country", in a reference to President Donald Trump's campaign slogan of "Make America Great Again". "It's just not the case".

Before the January attack, Smollett reported receiving a threatening letter in the mail that depicted a man hung by a noose and it's been indicated that if it's proved Smollett was behind the mail, he could face additional federal charges. During a press conference last month, Eddie claimed Jussie took "drastic and illegal tactics to gain attention", adding the actor "concocted a story" about an alleged hate crime that "took advantage of the pain and anger of racism to promote his career".

Schmidt said she does not know if the brothers will testify against Smollett at trial, noting it's not up to her who prosecutors call as witnesses. "But, the cast, however, have been supportive of Jussie, and they signed it".

A grand jury indicted 36-year-old Smollett last week on 16 felony counts accusing him of lying to the police about being the victim of a racist and homophobic attack by two masked men in downtown Chicago.

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

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

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

The indictment says Smollett told police he was attacked by two men who used racial and homophobic slurs during an encounter at 2 a.m.

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.

Schmidt, the attorney for the brothers, said her law firm did its own investigation. "There was the well-wishes card that went out for Jussie Smollett and people told us that a lot of people were disgusted". This update contradicts Chicago PD's initial claim that the Empire star paid them off with said check.

She said the younger brother had known Smollett "a couple years" before this incident. Abel and Ola's attorney, Gloria Schmidt, also told TMZ the $3,500 check was compensation for a training and nutrition program created to get Jussie in shape for a music video shoot. It was cashed; it was deposited.

"They feel tremendously regretful for their role in this, and their involvement in the situation", Schmidt said. "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".

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