Shay T. Allen is a Chicago-area trial lawyer and the latest addition to the team defending Jussie Smollett.
Jussie Smollett’s trial is set to begin on November, 29th 2021 in Chicago.
The 36-year-old actor was charged with 16 counts of disorderly conduct for filing a false police report in regards to the assault that he claimed happened on January 29th, 2019.
Who is Jussie Smollett?
Jussie Smollett is an American actor, singer, and LGBTQ activist.
Smollett was born on June 21, 1982, in Santa Rosa, California, in the USA as Justin Smollett. He is an actor and producer, who has starred in films, theatrical productions, and television shows, known for playing Jamal Lyon on Empire.
What Happened to Jussie Smollet?
In December 2018, he reported to the Chicago Police Department that two masked men attacked him outside his house in Chicago. He claimed that the attackers put a rope around his neck and poured bleach on him as they yelled racial and homophobic slurs at him.
Who is Jussie Smollett’s Attorney?
Shay Allen is a trial lawyer and the latest addition to the team defending Jussie Smollett. Allen will be handling all of the witness interviews. He will also be in charge of cross-examining any witnesses testifying against Smollett. He has helped with pre-trial motions that limited / about the inclusion or exclusion of evidence regarding prior bad acts of brothers, Abimbola (Abel) and Olabinjo (Ola) Osundairo.
How did Jussie Smollett Plead?
The actor has pleaded not guilty to all charges, which included one felony count of disorderly conduct for allegedly filing a false police report.
After Smollett turned himself into the authorities, the actor was released on bail. He was required to wear an electronic monitoring device and to stay at his home in Chicago unless he is traveling for work.
Who is the Judge in Jussie Smollett’s Trial?
The trial will take place in the courtroom of 30-year, Cook County veteran judge James Linn, who once kept Oprah on jury duty.
A jury will be made up of 12 jurors and 2 alternates who will weigh the evidence before deciding his fate.