Cameras allowed in courtroom for Jussie Smollett case

Osundairo are believed to have purchased the rope found around Jussie Smolletts neck

The judge assigned to the case will rule on whether there will be cameras allowed at future hearings.

Police were able to piece together surveillance camera footage that led them to Olabinjo "Ola" Osundairo and his brother, Abindola "Abel" Osundairo, bodybuilding brothers who had worked with Smollett as extras on "Empire" and as a fitness coach.

"This entire thing started because they put their trust in the wrong person", attorney Gloria Schmidt said in an interview on CBS.

The indictment, returned by a Cook County grand jury on Thursday and made public on Friday, greatly expands on the legal jeopardy faced by Smollett, whose story of being attacked in Chicago by supporters of U.S. President Donald Trump has drawn suspicion since it first surfaced in late January.

Smollett was charged with 16 felony counts of disorderly conduct after filing a police report claiming he was attacked by two men as part of a hate crime.

Smollett's attorney, Tina Glandian, said that she would welcome cameras in the courtroom for Thursday's hearing.

Prosecutors allege that Smollett enlisted the help of two men and staged the attack because he was unhappy with his salary and wanted to promote his career.




During 47 hours of questioning the pair told police Smollett planned out the fake attack himself and paid them $3,500 to carry it out.

Details in some of those statements were different, the indictment says.

Meanwhile, an attorney for the brothers involved in the case says her clients were betrayed by Smollett.

"Jussie adamantly maintains his innocence even if law enforcement has robbed him of that presumption", Geragos finished.

Smollett, who plays Jamal Lyon in show, has already been written out of the last two episodes of the fifth series, which returns tonight.

Smollett was arrested last month for allegedly orchestrating the attack. The brothers were arrested on February 13 but then released without charges, with police saying they were no longer considered suspects.

Geragos also questioned why the Osundairo brothers were not indicted alongside Smollett.

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