Jussie Smollett confidently walked into the Cooks County Courthouse for a hearing on his case but he wasn't actually required to be there.
Mark Geragos, Smollett's attorney, spoke with Anderson Cooper on Friday and said Smollett refused to sign a police complaint after the incident because "he could not believe it".
Smollett was charged with 16 felony counts of disorderly conduct after filing a police report claiming he was attacked by two men as part of a hate crime.
Smollett, 36, who is black and openly gay and plays a gay musician on the Fox network hip-hop drama "Empire", was charged last month in a single-count criminal complaint with making a false report to police, defined under IL law as a form of disorderly conduct.
The brothers" lawyer Gloria Schmidt said they were "taken advantage of' by the star in the hoax attack. "You have to look at what kind of relationship they had with Mr. Smollett".
News of the assault spread quickly on social media, with many expressing outrage while others wondered whether the story was fabricated even as Chicago police insisted their detectives were treating the matter seriously. In his GMA interview last month, the actor told Robin Roberts that there had been misinformation reported about the attack, such as him telling police that his attackers wore MAGA hats - which, according to Smollett, never happened.
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According to TMZ, production sources have told them that it appears that the show's future is dependent on how Jussie's case pans out.
In a statement to ET, Geragos said: "The fact of an indictment was not unexpected".
The actor said he was attacked by two men who beat him, shouted homophobic slurs at him and poured bleach on him.
"This was someone who the brothers thought could help their career. someone they had trusted to consider their best interest", she continued.
She said her clients are remorseful for their role in the situation and they hope it opens dialogue for people in minority communities and those that have suffered hate crimes. "This was someone that was their friend, someone that they trained with and their trust was betrayed by this person".