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Jussie Smollett Pleads Not Guilty To 16 Count Indictment

March 14, 2019 | Posted by Joseph Lee
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Last week, it was reported that Empire actor Jussie Smollett was indicted on sixteen felony counts for filing a false police report after claiming that he was attacked in a hate crime back in January. TMZ reports that Smollett showed up at a Cook County courthouse today for his arraignment and entered a plea of not guilty.

He was told he has to be at every court date in the future and is due back in court in mid-April. He will be allowed to travel to Los Angeles and New York for meetings with his legal teem, but he has to tell the court 48 hours in advance. He also has to check back in within 24 hours after coming back to Chicago. His lawyer, Mark Geragos, previously called the indictment “overkill.”

Ola and Abel Osundario previously told the grand jury that Smollett hired them to stage the fake attack, and added they drove with him around Chicago to find a location. After news broke that Smollett allegedly staged the attack, his fellow Empire cast members are concerned that the show won’t get renewed due to the bad publicity.

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