Jussie Smollett appears in court 'to show confidence in his innocence'
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"Empire" actor Jussie Smollett appeared in court Tuesday "to show confidence in his innocence" amid charges of filing a false police report on his alleged Chicago assault, a representative told NBC News. 

"He will do everything he needs to do," Anne Kavanagh told NBC. "He will go the extra mile to cooperate with the process."


Smollett appeared at a court hearing on whether cameras should be allowed in court to document his case. Neither prosecutors nor Smollett's team objected to the cameras.

Cook County Judge LeRoy Martin said cameras would be allowed at the case's next hearing, which will determine which judge will preside over Smollett's case. That judge will decide whether cameras will be permitted during future proceedings. 

Smollett was indicted on 16 felony counts by a grand jury Thursday.

He originally told police that two men attacked him, tied a rope around his neck, and shouted racist and homophobic slurs as well as pro-Trump language. 

Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said Smollett paid two brothers $3,500 to stage an attack because he was "dissatisfied with his salary."

One of the men was reportedly an extra on "Empire," and the other was reportedly Smollett's personal trainer. 

The Hill has reached out to Smollett's attorney, Mark Geragos, for comment.