Embattled Hollywood actor, Jussie Smollett made an appearance in court yesterday, March 12.
The “Empire” star who has been laying low since his arrest for allegedly filing a false police report was seen walking confidently into a Cook County Courthouse for a hearing he did not have to attend.
The hearing is meant for his lawyer, Mark Geragos, to file the paperwork so he can represent Smollett in Illinois and also to determine if cameras will be allowed in court for the case.
It is gathered that Smollett chose to attend because he intends to be an active participant in his defense and not just an observer.
This appearance is the first time Smollett has been sighted after the grand jury handed him a 16 count indictment last week.
On the indictment, Geragos had told celebrity gossip site, TMZ,
“The fact of an indictment was not unexpected. We knew that there is no way they would expose their evidence to a public airing and subject their witnesses to cross-examination. What is unexpected, however, is the prosecutorial overkill in charging 16 separate counts against Jussie.”