The 36-year-old "Empire" actor was indicted last week for allegedly lying to Chicago police about a hate-crime attack and had been charged with disorderly conduct for filing a false police report. But the tide began to turn just days later, when police announced that the trajectory of the investigation had changed, and that Smollett would be treated as a suspect.
Smollett has maintained his innocence and his attorney Tina Glandian earlier this week said the case against him is mired in "misinformation".
Police said the two brothers wore gloves during the staged attack, and did punch Smollett, but the scratches and bruises on Smollett's face most likely were self-inflicted.
Smollett has denied any involvement in orchestrating an attack.
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He was in court Tuesday for a hearing to determine whether a judge should allow cameras in court.
The "Empire" actor is accused of staging a fake attack on himself because he was allegedly dissatisfied with his pay.
In January, Smollett claimed that he was attacked by two masked men who beat him, put a rope around his neck, dumped a chemical on him, and yelled "This is MAGA country!"
The Empire star was back in court on Thursday for his arraignment, where he revealed his stance.
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"Meanwhile, following the news of his indictment, Chief Communications Officer of the Chicago Police Department Anthony Guglielmi tweeted: ". Police and prosecutors have said that attack was a hoax, but Smollett's attorneys said they want the public to see the evidence, or lack thereof, in the case.
- Producers of "Empire" dispute media reports that Smollett's character, Jamal Lyon, was being written off the show. Chicago Police Supt. Eddie Johnson said police have the check. Her office says the decision was made "out of an abundance of caution.to address potential questions of impartiality based upon familiarity with potential witnesses in the case".
The indictment charges Smollett with 16 counts of disorderly conduct.
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Chicago police eventually arrested Smollett on suspicion that he had faked the incident "to promote his career", saying at a news conference last month that he paid his would-be attackers - brothers Olabinjo and Abimbola Osundairo - to carry it out.