Smollett's lawyer welcomes cameras in courtroom

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According to reports, the hearing was really for Smollett's attorney Mark Geragos, so he could file the paperwork that allows him to rep the actor in IL and decide if cameras will be allowed in court for the case.

According to Charlie De Mar of CBS Chicago, the judge determined cameras will be permitted in the courtroom for Smollett's hearing on Thursday.

Police initially treated the incident as a hate crime, but their focus turned to Smollett after two brothers who were alleged to have been his attackers told police that Smollett had paid them $3,500 to stage the attack, with a promise of another $500 later.

The next day, the show's producers announced that Smollett's character had been written off the final two episodes of the show.

"He's not hiding from anything".

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

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Are you going to watch the Jussie Smollett arraignment live on Thursday?

Smollett faces 16 counts of disorderly conduct tied to statements to police describing an attack by two men whom he claimed shouted homophobic and racist comments at the actor, who is black and openly gay.

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. We knew that there is no way they would expose their evidence to a public airing and subject their witnesses to cross-examination.

Smollett's attorneys have called 16 counts "prosecutorial overkill". "Jussie adamantly maintains his innocence even if law enforcement has robbed him of that presumption". Per de Mar, who attended the court appearance, Smollett's legal team claimed they welcome cameras as a counter to the "misinformation" allegedly shared with the media.

"This redundant and vindictive indictment is nothing more than a desperate attempt to make headlines in order to distract from the internal investigation launched to investigate the outrageous leaking of false information by the Chicago Police Department and the shameless and illegal invasion of Jussie's privacy in tampering with his medical records", he went on.

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