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U.S. actor's case hurt by 'misinformation': defense attorney

U.S. actor's case hurt by 'misinformation': defense attorney

"I believe my clients were betrayed", Gloria Schmidt said on CNN's "AC 360", referring to brothers Olabinjo and Abimbola Osundairo.

"Absolutely not", Schmidt said.

His legal team says they welcome cameras as a counter to the "misinformation" leaked to media. She added, "What this case really is about is a person in a position of trust who really betrayed my clients and took advantage of them".

The embattled actor - who is accused of filing a false police report claiming he was the victim of a hate crime - attended Tuesday's hearing, even though his presence was not required in the court.

But in a press conference following Smollett's arrest, Superintendent of the Chicago Police Department Eddie T. Johnson claimed that the actor staged his alleged attack to promote his career, and because he was "dissatisfied" with his Empire salary. But after two days in custody as suspects in the attack, the brothers told police Smollett planned the fake attack, and paid them $3,500 to carry it out.

He said the attack "was staged, the brothers had on gloves during the staged attack where they punched him a little, but as far as we can tell, the scratching and bruising that you saw on [Smollett's] face was most likely self-inflicted". Police initially investigated the case as a possible hate crime.

The counts in the indictment obtained by CNN say Smollett gave statements to a Chicago police officer after the incident and to a detective.

David Beckham pranked by James Corden with fake LA Galaxy statue
Beckham, who hadn't seen the finished product yet, was at the Galaxy's stadium to get a sneak peak in a private showing. This was followed by the reveal of a sizzle reel of Beckham's biggest soccer "highs" to be played during the ceremony.

Meanwhile, ET has learned that attorney Mark Geragos filed paperwork on Monday to officially represent Smollett in IL.

Smollett has denied any involvement in orchestrating an attack.

Schmidt said the Osundairo brothers were friends with Smollett and worked out with him.

"They were (fitness) trainers; they were training him", she said.

The next day, the show's producers announced that Smollett's character had been written off the final two episodes of the show. On Friday, 20th Century Fox said the studio and the network had no comment on Smollett's indictment.

"I haven't seen one piece of evidence, and they don't have one piece of evidence that they've turned over that links Jussie to this".

"They fully cooperated with the police".


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