INTERVIEW – DR. WILFRED REILLY – Author of ‘Hate Crime Hoax’ – previewed the Jussie Smollett hearing on Thursday.
- Judge Allows Cameras in Courtroom for Thursday Hearing. Jussie Smollett’s defense attorneys did not argue with the decision to allow cameras in court Thursday, saying there has been a lot of “misinformation” in the case and they welcome cameras during the hearing and all future proceedings.
- Jussie Smollett to appear in court on Thursday for arraignment. Actor Jussie Smollett will appear in court Thursday for a second time this week after he was indicted on 16 felony counts for allegedly staging a hate crime and filing a false police report. The “Empire” actor, 36, will be arraigned before a judge and enter a formal plea. He was in court Tuesday for a hearing to determine whether a judge should allow cameras in court. His legal team said it welcomes cameras in court due to what it described as “misinformation” leaked to the media since he reported his attack in January. “There has been a lot of misinformation in this case that has been presented as fact and evidence against Mr. Smollett, which is demonstrably false,” said Tina Glandian, the attorney for the actor.
- EARLIER THIS WEEK: Jussie Smollett took advantage of Osundairo brothers, lawyer says: The two brothers involved in the alleged hoax attack on “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett “were just taken advantage of by someone they trusted,” their attorney said Monday. “This was someone who the brothers thought could help their career. … Someone they had trusted to consider their best interest,” Gloria Schmidt, who represents Chicago brothers Abindola “Abel” Osundairo and Olabinjo “Ola” Osundairo