Actor Jussie Smollett boldly strut into the Leighton Criminal Courthouse in Chicago on Tuesday to appear at a hearing to determine whether cameras will be allowed into court during his proceedings on Thursday.

Smollett, 36, was accompanied a small entourage that consisted of his siblings and his legal team, including celebrity attorney Mark Geragos. According to TMZ, his attendance wasn't required at the hearing today.

"He is choosing to be here. Not required," tweeted CBS Chicago.

The Empire star wore a long grey overcoat with dark aviator shades. He did not make a statement to reporters.

Smollett told police he was jumped by two Trump supporters who shouted racist and homophobic slurs at him outside his Chicago condo on Jan. 29.

He was arrested on Feb. 20 and charged with one felony count of lying to police when investigators determined he paid 2 brothers to help him stage the fake hate attack.

The disgraced former Empire actor now faces 16 felony charges and a maximum of 64 years in prison for filing a false police report and lying to officers. He was charged with one felony for every lie he told.

According to TMZ, offers for acting and club bookings have dried up for the singer/actor after the indictments. "We're told Smollett's getting zero calls for new work, and is being treated like a pariah."

Smollett still maintains his innocence, despite the preponderance of evidence against him.

  • Critical Thinker

    The irony of Jussie not wanting camera attention ?

  • Thingamajig

    Oh, so first you crave the attention and now he don’t want the attention. He’s comical!

  • YellowSauce

    2019 is shaping up to be quite the year isn't it .... lol
    I STILL can't believe this ............

  • jazmine

    Nah I wanna see those brothers on the stand

  • Meme

    Apparently whilst we were busy scrutinizing jussie, Illinois made it a felony to film the police (according to Gary Dourdan) is this true Ms Sandra?

  • ClaireHuxtable

    This show is going to be waay better than Empire!

  • Coy little wink

    Due diligence after the fact. I'm not moved...

  • sunni_daze

    They've always had strict laws about recording people without their permission. So this sounds like an amendment.

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  • KcoolMuziq

    Gary Dourdan(whom I worked with in CSI: Crime Scene Investigation) father wasn't to happy with me at a Image Awards attendance & cussed me out ..

  • Joy King

    Oh Jussie wants ALL the attention. That’s why this narcissist showed up to court although it wasn’t required. He will get the flashing lights by any means necessary.

  • Yoni7

    Oh, so NOOOOWWWW you don't want cameras involved.

  • StoneColdLady

    Naw Mr. Ghey “Tupac” Mr. GMA, YOU don’t want cameras...comical

  • Dahl

    But isn’t this the extended tv time he so desired?

    I only commented so I can ask why the Frank-ski comments are disabled...!

  • Rahab

    Keep the cameras rolling. You went on GMA now let CLTV capture the moment. And he better check for cameras like R! She?

  • Meme

    Why whadid u do?

  • Kimocha

    I really really hope that the judge WILL approve for cameras to be in the courtroom during this fool's trial!... This will be the biggest role of his life and we ALL wanna see!

  • deadellamore

    64 years is a bit much!

  • shauna

    64 years? And all of Trump's cronies are basically getting pats on the wrist for fraud, lies and everything else under the sun? You've gotta be shitting me.

  • KcoolMuziq

    I accidentally knocked him upside his head.

  • Carla
  • Janice Collins

    Actually they didn’t. You just can’t do it in secret. You have to tell the police you are recording.


    He seems like the BIGGEST jackass

  • Guess Who

    SMH...BUSSIE REALLY did not think this farce all the way out, did he? I bet he didn't think it would get this serious.


    ?????? yooooo I can't breathe

  • Ni Ni

    I hope cameras are not allowed. I just know l would get second hand embarrassment just like watching r kelly. Jussie would give meme makers and youtube comedians more material no doubt.


    Those folks are white

  • SpiceGirl

    Wayment....64 years?I done read stories about folks chopping up folks who DIDN'Tget that much time! Bet he won't do THAT again!!


    The actor?

  • Yardgirl

    OT: What happen in the Frank Ski post to have the comments turned off?? What did I miss?? Dang miss a morning miss a lot!!

  • Ni Ni

    Sandra said yawl don't know how to act.

  • hottlanta

    Still waiting on the lgtbqhfycbnklpzhx community 2 call him out. They havent said a word. 64 years wow. He should have been on that dump train ?. He would have gotten less time.

  • Bonita

    I thought it was just me. I had no idea that Frank Ski was Doo Doo Brown. That song was my isht!

  • Trace da Ace

    Can I roll with you??? You be meeting some celebs...and I'm trying to get my fan club but for have met some of my buck list particular....WILL SMITH....I just want a moment with

  • XoXo

    You know darn well everyone was going to have grandpa jokes! ?

  • Trace da Ace

    lmao at all them letters tho.....

  • hottlanta

    They good friends. She didnt want nobody saying he divorced his 1st wife after 20 years n 3 boys n how quick he moved 2 start another family.

  • hottlanta

    My fingers r sore from typing all them letters ??

  • KcoolMuziq

    Meeting and working with Will is one of the HIGHLIGHTS of my entire life.

  • Carrington

    Jussie walked up in that MF with his head held high like he wish a MF WOULD... get em, Juss. Hit em with the shoulders! LMAO!

  • Trace da Ace

    awwww dont start acting camera was ALL FOR IT when this first KTSE and lets get this trial popping!!!

    I am sooo here for the televised event of " When keeping it real, goes wrong"!!!!! When is this happening so I can request the FULL DAY off, call my cousin for some sticky my wine supply and fill up my Yeti cup.......close all curtains.....and fully enjoy this self-roasting......

  • Carrington

    Wasn't that childish? LOL

  • Carrington

    That MF ain't going to jail. He's going to get probation and have to pay restitution and we'll be back to argaren about something new by the time the "trial" WON'T start.

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    If he's a first time offender with no criminal record, he wont do anything near 64 years. I doubt he'd get 2-3 years frankly.

  • SpiceGirl

    That might sound more like it.

  • Dahl

    Ha!!! I figured...

  • WhoKnew

    I think you might be right. He must feel like an absolute moron.

  • Kimocha

    White Priviledge...

  • OvertheMississippi

    He didn't have a problem with that camera stuck up in his face the other week telling those crazy lies.

  • Kimocha

    You might be right cuz he sho struttin up in there like he ALREADY kno ain't nothin gonna happen to him... sunglasses and all!

  • OvertheMississippi

    He's gonna make a plea deal.

  • Bonita

    I'd like to see a CAT scan of him and R Kelly's brain. I think it would reveal similar brain patterns. In addition to performing background checks and std reports when women meet a man, we may need to have them provide us a CAT scan in addition. We can use Smollett and Kellz's results as the blueprint, and save ourselves the headache and time wasted. O'l lyin, sick in the head azz ninjas.

  • Ghost

    Well...I don’t feel sorry for him one bit! He created this whole mess by himself! Some money is better then no money...instead of hating on stars like Terrance Howard and Taraji Hensen..put the work don’t get more money because you’re gay and pretty. And let’s hope you’ve been working on your addiction ??

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  • wigmon68

    Sixty-four years is if he gets the max on each of the indictments and if the judge ruled he had to serve them consecutively. There is no chance he does anything close to that, but its smart as a prosecutor to make each charge separate so that if say only 3 of 12 statements can be proven false then the jury can throw out the charges for the statements that couldnt' be proven, but return a guilty verdict for ones that were. The judge would most likely have the sentences served concurrently given the nature of the case.

    But to the comment below, Jussie isn't a first time offender. There was the time he lied to police and gave them his brothers name. Obviously not quite as sever, but shows a pattern of lying to cops.

  • BaileyBlue17

    They need to have cameras all up and thru that bitch. Request DENIED!!! YO as wanted to be on camera. You on candid camera now bish!! SMILE

  • Carrington

    Ain't he though? LOL

  • Robert lee Bennett OG

    Gays have special rights in America

  • Meme

    Oh yeah I'd be fuming about that too ??

  • Meme

    Oh gotcha!

  • Rainbowbelow

    They probably will give him some community service also.

  • Meme

    Absolutely ridiculous

  • SpiceGirl

    "There was the time he lied to police and gave them his brothers name." <-----I remember that...smh....oh well for him

  • wigmon68

    In the manafort case, Mueller was seeking life. The judge is the one that sets the sentence, not the prosecutor.

  • Yardgirl

    Thanks lovely! I see what you did there and I approve!! :-))

  • Yardgirl

    Hells yeah! I looked at the picture and though it!!

  • Yardgirl

    You know more than me!! :-)

  • Trace da Ace

    can you tell him I said "Hiiiiiiiii" ( insert Ms. Pearly from Friday tongue role)....lmao


    I stopped reading at, "He is choosing to be here" How about choosing not to be there in the FIRST place dumb azz!

  • Chocolategyrl

    He wanted the cameras tho.

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  • Jefferey Franklin

    Jussie unfortunately will pay the cost for all the fake outrage, you can't say that about us gay thumping idiots who think that their sexual preference makes them impervious to criticism, jokes, opinion and individual preference. Hate it had to be him though, seems like a cool dude

  • Jefferey Franklin

    Even hardened criminals get their privacy on their day in court. Personally I moved on.......put him in jail or don't...the world don't stop either way.......

  • Nonya Bizness

    So he’s cool w Cameras on buildings he intended to catch the fake attack but no cameras for the fallout? I think there will be cameras. Lots and lots of cameras lol.

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  • PrettyPetty

    Welp they are allowed. He's moded

  • MNjumpoffacliff

    Not gon happen.

  • Li-Wright

    This is embarassing. He so deep in doo-doo, he has to plead not guilty and put up a vigorous defense. he's going to owe Atty Geragos(?) a ton of money.
    Glad they will video-audio this hearing. We need to hear his voice and see his eyes.

  • Mikayla

    Not me! I moved on but I’ll circle back so fast to watch this mess!

  • JazzyBossyJen

    I bet...Dude Empire crew has supposedly said they’re finally over him and are disgusted

  • JazzyBossyJen

    I’m saying lolol

  • Ebony Starr

    This is probably the most attention that Jussie has gotten in his entire life, having so many siblings.

  • Blak

    Sorry Smollett but I need to see you fry on video

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  • hottlanta

    Jussie acting white talking bout he dont want any cameras in the courtroom. They saying ninja u gonna learn 2day. Now u have gotten besides yourself n trying 2 tell us what 2 do.

  • shauna

    I know, but it must be nice to share the complexion connection with the judge because what they did definitely warranted more time than they got.

  • Y’all Jealous Cuz I’m Prudy

    ??? oh no...reality punch in the eye ??

  • Shani

    I haven't heard "moded" in forever...back in the lexicon it goes!!

  • BeUtFullSoul

    Whew Chiiiiiiillllleee!!!!!
    I bet he WISHES he could turn back the hands of time...HindSIGHT is 20/20, I know He wishes that he NEVER did any of this...poor tink tink

  • LaGrl562

    The things we choose to worry about.................................I'd be more focused on them 16 federal indictments

  • hottlanta

    Now u trying 2get me blocked.

  • bemetoo

    But he got cameras getting that boi pussy bust down

  • Nonya Bizness

    Confused. Sandra You say Jussie went to court to ask that cameras not be allowed. You also say his attorney was there and you quote TMZ. Meanwhile TMZ says Mark Gerragos was NOT there and Gerragos wants cameras in the courtroom. So who is right because your story is a 180 from TMZ’s.

  • WhoKnew

    Just heard on ABC news that Jussie asked for no cameras but the judge shot that down. Cameras will be allowed.

  • Yardgirl

    Sowwie!! ??

  • SandraRose

    You get your "news" from gossip website TMZ. ?

    From The Blast:

    The “Empire” star wore a long jacket with aviator shades, and kept his silence as he walked with an entourage in tow, including new attorney Mark Geragos.

  • Thanos of Titan

    I agree. Everywhere else is reporting that Jussie Smollett's legal team is in favor of media presence.

  • Beverly Johnson

    He doesn't want anyone to witness his bad acting

  • JustB

    This story is beyond annoying now

  • Sacha

    The "boldly strut" made me laugh

  • Skin Deep Beauty

    "He is choosing to be here. Not required," tweeted CBS Chicago.

    He don't have schit else to! He just making me not like him even more! Strutting his arse like he some HIGH PROFILE VICTIM! I feel like slapping in the back of his head and yelling him to sittdown some dayum where!

  • Skin Deep Beauty

    Right.. more like 'arrogantly switching! '

  • dontgetblocked

    If nothing else...that man is proud! He's a liar but he's a proud liar!

  • Evillene

    "Smollett still maintains his innocence, despite the preponderance of evidence against him."

    Lucky for him, it takes more than a 'preponderance of evidence' to convict him of a crime. And yes, he strutted that runway like he aint done nothing wrong. *smh*

  • Zeta1920

    He strolled his ass to GMA. Now, let the media stroll their asses in the courtroom.

  • joel adams

    He really wanna pull a Kim K on the world.

  • Reenaface

    I guess he was getting bored being home bound. All of this could've been avoided. Dumbass.

  • Bea Mack,Aka Steel Vagina

    My same thought?

  • Truth7981

    Something tells me this dude is going to commit suicide. But his life will be straight shit afterwards.

  • Bea Mack,Aka Steel Vagina

    Or jokes about him and his chirruns looking like Benzino’s Neckless cousins ???????????

  • Bea Mack,Aka Steel Vagina

    Thanks for my newest favorite meme?

  • Malificent

    Ok Jussie but I don’t know how much that’s going to help because everybody knows already.

  • KcoolMuziq

    Jussie is VERY confident. He has something up his sleeve..

  • BogartKing

    Social media whore syndrome

  • wigmon68

    really? whats a comparable case you think justifies the longer sentence? He was guilty of tax fraud, failure to register a foreign bank account and falsifying bank records to obtain loans.

    Not that these aren't serious crimes, but I read last month where 2 guys in chicago committed armed robbery and home invasion/theft. The black guy got no jail time, just probation. The white guy got like 8 years, but he had priors.

  • SG

    Im still lost as to why he did this in the first place. Makes absolutely no sense.

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  • WiseGui

    Isn’t this what he wanted, the fame and recognition? He pulled this stunt for wanting more publicity and his name in the headlines. Now that he has it he’s asking for privacy. The irony.

  • WiseGui

    But he welcomed us to witness that bad acting on GMA.

  • Junkanoo

    I bet Felicity Huffaman and all those celebs who just got caught bribing universities to get their kids into ivy league schools wont have to deal with the media circus as intensely as this case and will get off easy cause their white.

  • Patricia

    the judge should allow popcorn and soda sales in the courtroom for good measure.

  • Omandesert

    I’m so disappointed in this dude. Our ancestors lost their lives for this fool to be a moron. I don’t care what happens to him. They can put him in jail and throw away the key.

  • Tamara Artis-Dawkins

    That is not very Tupac of him. He should want the cameras there to show how they are trying to frame him...Nevermind

  • Mita

    Maybe not. This is the 2nd time he has filed a false police report and lied to the police. The last time he got a slap on the wrist. He has a habit or a pattern of lying to the police and filing false report.

  • missmiami305

    This guy has all the characteristics of a psychopath. Lemme watch my daily dse f unsolved mysteries.

  • AListDiva29

    He must have something to hide then! Journalists may still be allowed in and under the freedom of information act they can find out what is said, I could be wrong though, but that's to my knowledge. If this heffa wanted more money then he should of let his agent take care of it, that's what he pays them for! He's just plain stupid and ruined his career now!

  • Reina1718

    The way he walked up in there ????

  • Reina1718

    I just want to know how Empire is still on ?????

  • Banka

    Because this is their best script yet .......LoL

  • Minx Mosaic

    So either Sandra has it wrong or TMZ does because they're reporting that Jussie and his Lawyer WANT cameras in the courtroom and that Jussie is going because he wants to be involved in the entire process.

  • ViolettaBliss

    I thought he way the gay tupac !!!

  • Logan Roberts

    Jussie walked in that court room with his best Burlington Factory coat on lol.

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  • Moon Lee

    Lee should write this mess into the script baby. I can see Cookie beating his behind. .???

  • Paul Dow

    No it doesn't. They will convict him because the 2 brothers admitted to being part of it and there is no one else on any security cameras but them. They have the 2 brothers on security camera in the store buying the rope, red hat masks and gloves. the hate mail was produced in the 2 brothers apartment with one of their magazine's.

  • Paul Dow

    His legal team will bleed him dry, he wont get any talk show and book offers. he will cry victim to the end and his die hard fans who refer to whites in general as deplorable, white trash, devil honky, trailer trash, pecker wood Trump supporters will set up a go fund me page for him so he can buy ass lube for jail..

  • Paul Dow

    He did it to marginalize whites, demonize Trump supporters as violent queer hating racists and to be a victim and a hero while bashing republicans leading up to 2020 elections

  • shauna

    The Black guy got no time? That sounds like a longshot for sure.

  • James Fierce

    He’s so disrespectful how you walking into court like that ?

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  • Bizzy Bee

    Disrespectful like your racist ass?

  • James Fierce

    How am I racist ? By saying the truth ? Girl you can’t grow human hair !

  • James Fierce

    Disrespectful like the smell your mommas pussy emits ?????

  • Skin Deep Beauty

    Ok.. so is Jamal moving to London to be with his husband. And the new brother gonna enter..

  • Skin Deep Beauty

    Wendyv said.. walked in like George Jefferson...????

  • Bizzy Bee

    You’re a mentally ill racist

  • Bizzy Bee

    That’s your upper lip ??? I know you don’t like to bathe it’s called soap use it

  • James Fierce

    But aren’t I black ? Which is it sweetie ? ????? you’re a sad simpleton

  • wigmon68

    William Haley plead guilty to armed robbery with a firearm. Event occurred in late 2017. Just went before judge this year where he received probation.

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  • Chocolategyrl

    Doubt it

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