Judge to Allow Cameras at Next Court Hearing for Jussie Smollett

Actor Jussie Smollett and team arrive for a court hearing at the Leighton Criminal Courthouse

Actor Jussie Smollett and team arrive for a court hearing at the Leighton Criminal Courthouse

Cameras will be allowed at Thursday's hearing in the criminal trial of "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett, a judge ruled Tuesday.

That judge has the power to potentially reverse or modify any decision made Tuesday about cameras in the courtroom.

Police allege that Smollett, who is black and gay, staged the January 29 attack because he was unhappy with his salary and wanted to promote his career.

Two brothers who authorities said took part in a staged attack on actor Jussie Smollett were "betrayed" by the celebrity, their attorney told CNN on Monday. She said there has been a lot of leaked misinformation and that cameras would allow the public to "see the evidence and the lack thereof".

Smollett appeared in court on Tuesday, March 12, 2019, for a status hearing.

The "Empire" actor requested permission to leave the state this month to visit California, where his attorney, Mark Geragos, is based.

He noted that he will also assign the case to another judge and that judge will determine whether cameras will be allowed in future hearings.

Meanwhile, ET has learned that attorney Mark Geragos filed paperwork on Monday to officially represent Smollett in IL.

The new update comes on the heels of a grand jury indicting Jussie on 16 felony counts of disorderly conduct for filing a false police report. When reporting the January attack, Smollett claimed that he was assaulted by two masked men who yelled racist and homophobic slurs at him, poured what he believed was bleach over him and put a noose around his neck. The 36-year-old actor, who is free on $100,000 bond, has vehemently denied lying to police or faking the attack.

The two Nigerian-American brothers at the center of Jussie Smollett's hate crime case say they "feel tremendously regretful" for the role they played in the allegedly orchestrated attack against the Empire star.

He said the attack "was staged, the brothers had on gloves during the staged attack where they punched him a little, but as far as we can tell, the scratching and bruising that you saw on [Smollett's] face was most likely self-inflicted". Smollett is due to return to court Thursday for another hearing in his case.

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