CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - FEBRUARY 21: Guards walk with Empire actor Jussie Smollett before he is released on bond from Cook County jail on February 21, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois.
"Empire" actor Jussie Smollett is expected at a Chicago hearing to discuss whether cameras will be allowed in the courtroom during his disorderly conduct case.
The hearing came just days after Smollett was indicted on 16 felony counts for allegedly lying to police about being the victim of a homophobic and racist attack.
Police say Smollett - who gained fame on Fox musical drama Empire - staged the attack in a bid to gain publicity and a bigger paycheck.
After the hearing, Glandian told reporters that evidence has been presented against Smollett that is "demonstrably false".
"But, the cast, however, have been supportive of Jussie, and they signed it".
No mention is made in the indictment of Smollett's claim, according to police, that his attackers yelled, "This is MAGA country", referring to Trump's "Make America Great Again" slogan, as they accosted him.
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"The fact of an indictment is not unexpected", he said.
The counts in the indictment obtained by CNN say Smollett gave statements to a Chicago police officer after the incident and to a detective.
Police pieced together much of their evidence by reviewing footage from about 55 police and private surveillance cameras showing the brothers' movements before and after the attack.
"They felt that their friend, someone who had helped them getting some connections, would not put them in a situation where they're now being labeled as someone who would commit a hate crime", she said.
The actor said he was attacked by two men who beat him, shouted homophobic slurs at him and poured bleach on him. "He had a good position with Fox, so this was someone that they had trusted to consider their best interests".
She said her clients are remorseful for their role in the situation and they hope it opens dialogue for people in minority communities and those that have suffered hate crimes.