Smollett team welcomes

cameras in courtroom

A lawyer for Jussie Smollett said Tuesday that she would welcome cameras in the courtroom during the "Empire" actor's trial on charges accusing him of lying to the police, saying there has been a lot of leaked misinformation and cameras would allow the public to "see the evidence and the lack thereof."

Attorney Tina Glandian made the comments during a brief hearing Tuesday in Cook County criminal court in Chicago during which both sides agreed that cameras would be allowed at the next hearing in the case, which is scheduled for Thursday. During that hearing, the case will be assigned to a trial judge who will then likely ask Smollett to enter a plea.

During the hearing, which was held after local news organizations requested that cameras be allowed in the courtroom, Judge LeRoy Martin Jr. said that the new judge will decide whether or not to allow cameras in the courtroom during subsequent hearings and the trial.

Smollett was charged last month with one count of misconduct —the felony in Illinois that people are charged with when accused of lying to police — because he allegedly lied to police about being the victim of a racist and homophobic attack by two masked men in downtown Chicago on Jan. 29. Last week, a grand jury indicted him on 16 counts of the same crime.

 

Publisher announces

new Howard Stern book

Howard Stern fans are clearly up for his new book.

The shock jock's "Howard Stern Comes Again" will be published May 14, Simon & Schuster announced Tuesday. It's his first book in more than 20 years and was No. 1 on Amazon.com within hours of its announcement. Stern's previous books, "Private Parts" and "Miss America," both spent months on The New York Times' best-seller list.

The publisher didn't immediately provide details about the new book.