Jussie Smollett “Confident” At Prelim Court Hearing

NBC News reports:

“Empire” actor Jussie Smollett on Tuesday appeared at a hearing in Chicago on whether cameras would be allowed in court for the criminal case alleging he staged a racist, homophobic attack on himself.

He was not required to appear, but a representative told NBC News that Smollett chose to do so “to show confidence in his innocence.” “He will do everything he needs to do,” Anne Kavanagh said. “He will go the extra mile to cooperate with the process.”

Neither the state nor Smollett’s defense team objected to cameras being allowed in court. Judge LeRoy Martin of the Cook County court said cameras would be allowed at a hearing Thursday morning at which time a judge will be assigned to the case.