But in a press conference following Smollett's arrest, Superintendent of the Chicago Police Department Eddie T. Johnson claimed that the actor staged his alleged attack to promote his career, and because he was "dissatisfied" with his Empire salary.
The current judge of Cook County's criminal division reportedly made a decision to allow cameras in the courtroom during Smollett's next appearance in court on Thursday for criminal charges he is facing.
Weeks later, a grand jury indicted Smollett on 16 felony counts of lying to authorities; eight counts from what he told the responding officer, and eight for what he later told a detective about being the victim of a brutal racist and homophobic beating by two masked Trump supporters in downtown Chicago.
Smollett's legal troubles may not begin and end with this one indictment.
Smollett said they also yelled, "This is MAGA country", in a reference to President Donald Trump's campaign slogan of "Make America Great Again".
Smollett reported to police in January that he had been attacked in Chicago in an incident that ended with a noose around his neck.
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.
Schmidt said the Osundairo brothers were friends with Smollett and worked out with him.
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On Feb. 22, the television show "Empire" said Smollett would be written out of the last two episodes of the season, which still had yet to be filmed. "They also did not know that their loyalty to him would be betrayed".
Smollett's attorneys have called 16 counts "prosecutorial overkill".
"They fully cooperated with the police".
Schmidt said her clients' cooperation with police is why police began investigating Smollett for staging the attack.
Schmidt, the attorney for the brothers, said her law firm did its own investigation.
Meanwhile, ET has learned that attorney Mark Geragos filed paperwork on Monday to officially represent Smollett in IL.
Smollett's trial judge will decide whether cameras can be present for future hearings in the case, he added.
"The fact of an indictment was not unexpected".