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One of Jussie Smollett's attorneys cried in the courtroom and called for a mistrial after accusing the judge of lunging at her.

Smollett, 39, faces six counts of making false police reports following his hate crime hoax in Cook County, Illinois in 2019.

In a tense moment during a sidebar at Smollett's trial on Thursday, defense attorney Tamara Walker (3rd from right) told Cook County Judge James Linn, "Judge, you physically moved towards me."

Judge Linn vigorously denied her allegations. Linn said he was simply "stunned" at Walker's request for a mistrial.

On Friday, Walker told the Chicago Tribune she believed Linn’s movement was involuntary and unintentional, but she was shocked.

"I was in disbelief," she told the Tribune. "I did not expect that type of reaction (to) me doing my job."

Smollett's legal team accused one of the state's key witnesses, Olabinjo Osundairo, of being a homophobe. Walker accused him and his brother, Abel Osundairo, of attacking Smollett because he's homosexual.

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Olabinjo (right) testified that Smollett recruited him and his brother to stage a fake hate crime for money.

Walker showed the jurors text messages from Olabinjo calling someone "fruit" and "gaylord," and a text exchange with his brother in which he referred to someone who might be ghey as "sicko."

Walker repeatedly requested a sidebar after Judge Linn said the matters raised by her defense were "very collateral," according to the Tribune.

Judge Linn directed the jurors to leave the courtroom, then Walker requested a mistrial again because of the judge's "collateral" comment "as well as your physical actions toward me in the sidebar."

"What collateral meant in that context (was) we're talking about things [Olabinjo] said to other people," the judge explained before denying the request for a mistrial.

"There's nothing for a mistrial here ... frankly I'm stunned you'd consider a mistrial," he told Walker.

"As soon as I made the motion, Judge Linn reacted with shock and seemed to become upset, and at that moment had a reaction to physically move toward me with the upper portion of his body," Walker told the Tribune on Friday.

Walker denied breaking down in tears in the courtroom.

"My voice cracked, but I did not cry," she said. "I was in shock and disbelief, and my voice broke. I could not believe I was relating what occurred."

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Jussie Smollett has been caught in another lie. The disgraced actor and his alleged attacker, Abel Osundairo, previously enjoyed a sexual relationship, an insider has alleged.

The 37-year-old actor was arrested last January for making false reports to the Chicago Police Department after he claimed he was attacked by 2 Trump supporters in a vicious hate crime attack in the city.

The Chicago police insist he staged the attack himself to gain publicity and to earn more money from Empire producers.

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Investigators say Smollett paid Abel (pictured left) and his brother Ola Osundairo (right) to stage the beating.

The charges were eventually dropped by Harris's friend, state prosecutor Kim Foxx, probably as a favor to their friend Michelle Obama.

In February, the new special prosecutor indicted Smollett on 6 charges of disorderly conduct.

Smollett, who is reportedly related to California Sen. Kamala Harris, pleaded not guilty and denied the charges. He claimed he paid the brothers $3,500 for performance enhancing drugs, but not to stage a crime.

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Smollett reportedly arranged for Abel and Ola to appear as extras in Empire. Ola is pictured at right in this jailhouse scene with Taraji P. Henson (center).

According to a new report, the former Empire star was sexually involved with Abel Osundairo after meeting at an upscale Chicago ghey bathhouse for affluent ghey men.

"They used to party together and he had a sexual relationship with (Abel)," a source told the New York Post's gossip column Page Six. "They went to this affluent Chicago bathhouse multiple times and they had to show ID. It's known as a bathhouse where a lot of affluent black gay men hang out.

"There should be a record (of their visits)," the source said, adding that the bathhouse records may be subpoenaed in Smollett's upcoming trial on charges of disorderly conduct.


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Jussie Smollett pleaded not guilty during his arraignment hearing on charges of disorderly conduct stemming from a hate crime hoax in Chicago.

Smollett, 37, pleaded not guilty to six felony counts of disorderly conduct at the Cook County Courthouse on Monday.

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Abel Osundairo and Ola Osundairo, the two Nigerian brothers who say Smollett paid them to attack him, also appeared in court with their attorney Gloria Schmidt.

"They are here because they want the truth to be told," Schmidt told reporters. The brothers will testify at Smollett's trial.

Smollett lost his job on Fox TV's Empire after he staged a hate crime and blamed Trump supporters for assaulting him, tying a noose around his neck and pouring bleach on him.

A judge set Smollett's next hearing for March 18. He faces 30 years in prison if convicted on all charges.