Transcript for Jussie Smollett appears on 'Empire' ahead of court appearance
Now to embattled actor jussie smollett appearing overnight on "Empire" as he prepares to head back to court to enter a plea to charges he staged his own attack. ABC's Alex Perez has all the latest from Chicago. Reporter: This morning, actor jussie smollett returning to court in Chicago where a judge will be appointed to oversee his trial and decide whether cameras will be allowed in the courtroom for future hearings. Something his attorney says smollett supports. There has been a lot of misinformation against Mr. Smollett which is demonstrably false. Reporter: Last night smollett returning to the small screen as Jamal. I don't know if y'all have been reading the blogs and all that foolishness but it's kind of been a tough week. Reporter: The first new episode of his show "Empire" to air since the actor's legal troubles began to unravel. A grand jury Friday charged him with 16 felony counts tied to allegations he lied to investigators and staged his attack. Back in January smollett told police he had been viciously attacked by two men who hurled racial and homophobic slurs at him and put a noose around his neck but investigators allege smollett orchestrated the attack and paid the men to carry it out to boost his public profile and salary. And the judge has already approved a motion that allows mark geragos to represent smollett here in Illinois. Guys. All right, Alex Perez, thanks very much.
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