Jussie Smollett Pleads “Not Guilty” in Apparent Staged Assault Case

Empire actor Jussie Smollett, center, arrives at the Leighton Criminal Court Building for his hearing on Thursday, March 14, 2019, in Chicago. Smollett is accused of lying to police about being the victim of a racist and homophobic attack by two men on Jan. 29 in downtown Chicago. (AP Photo/Matt Marton)

Empire actor Jussie Smollett is pleading not guilty to more than a dozen charges against him in an alleged hoax assault case.

Jussie Smollett appeared in a Chicago courtroom today.
The Empire plead not guilty to 16 felony counts of disorderly conduct over allegations he staged a racist and homophobic attack in Chicago in January and then filed a false police report.
Cameras were also allowed in the courtroom for the hearing.

Cook County Judge Steven Watkins was assigned to the case.

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