Over a year after Jussie Smollett plead not guilty over renewed felony charges stemming from his alleged 2019 hate crime incident, the 39-year-old maintained his innocence in a Chicago hearing Wednesday (July 14).
Referring to the legal proceedings as “dog and pony show” as he entered the courtroom, the former ‘Empire’ star addressed his ‘filing a false police report’ case again – this time to a judge who will determine the next steps regarding the fate of one of his lawyers.
As revealed in the video above, Smollett took part in a five-hour hearing to determine whether one of his attorneys, Nenye Uche, should be allowed to continue representing him in the case.
It should be noted the hearing had nothing to with the charges against Smollett, but was instead ordered by Cook County Judge James Linn to see if Uche had a conflict of interest after two key witnesses in the case – the brothers who were allegedly paid by Smollett to fake the attack – allege they spoke to him off-record. Uche has denied the accusation.
Linn will announce his decision regarding the matter at a later date.
Gloria Schmidt Rodriguez, an attorney for the the brothers, told reporters she believes the judge will disqualify Uche.
“I think enough evidence and proof was laid out today to support our position,” she said.