Judge OKs camera in court for Jussie Smollett’s hearing Thursday

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CHICAGO — A Cook County judge ruled Tuesday that a camera would be allowed in the courtroom during actor Jussie Smollett’s arraignment hearing. Smollett’s next hearing is set for 9 a.m. Thursday. “There has been a lot of misinformation in this case that has been presented as fact and evidence against Mr. Smollett and that is demonstrably false,” said Smollett’s attorney Tina Glandian, as he walked out of the courthouse. “We welcome cameras in the courtroom so that the public and the media can see the actual evidence, and we believe is the actual lack of evidence against Mr. Smollett. And we look forward to complete transparency and the truth coming out.” The judge assigned to the case will rule on whether there will be cameras allowed at future hearings.
Meanwhile, an attorney for the brothers involved in the case says her clients were betrayed by Smollett. “I believe my clients were betrayed,” Gloria Schmidt said on CNN’s “AC 360,” referring to brothers Olabinjo and Abimbola Osundairo. “You have to look at what kind of relationship they had with Mr. Smollett. He’s a celebrity. This is somebody who is in a position of power over my clients.” She added: “We’ve seen a lot of stories in the news where celebrities think they might be above the law. It’s just not the case.” Police detained the two brothers, but police sources revealed authorities suspected Smollett knew the men and paid them to stage the attack. The brothers were released without being charged. Smollett was indicted on 16 felony counts of disorderly conduct. He has denied any involvement in orchestrating an attack.


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