Jussie Smollett Enters Not Guilty Plea On Charges Of Faking His Attack

Jussie Smollett pleads not guilty to charges that he staged a hoax

Smollett is expected to enter his plea before Watkins after a short recess. He scheduled the next hearing for April 17. "Given these circumstances, we intend to conduct a thorough investigation and to mount an aggressive defense", Smollett's attorneys said in February.

"We welcome cameras in the courtroom so that the public and the media can see the actual evidence and what we believe is actually going to be the lack of evidence against Mr. Smollett".

"We look forward to complete transparency and the truth coming out", Glandian said.

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Smollett, 36, first reported the attack in January, saying that two men attacked him while shouting racist and homophobic slurs at him. Details in some of those statements were different, the indictment says.

Police and prosecutors have said that Smollett hired two brothers to stage the attack.

In a searing live press conference on that same day, CPD Superintendent Eddie Johnson said it was "shameful' what Smollett allegedly try to pull off and accused him of perpetuating a "hoax". Smollett has maintained his innocence, and one of his lawyers called the 16-count indictment "redundant and vindictive" in a statement to The Washington Post. The men were released without being charged. While there has been a lot of speculation regarding the actor's future on the show - as Empire's own future is now shrouded in mystery and facing rumors of cancellation - several episodes of the second half of Season 5 were already in the can before Smollett's legal drama unfolded.

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"As more evidence, such as text messages, phone records, social media records, bank records, surveillance video and the receipt from the purchase of the rope was obtained by investigators, the investigation shifted from a Hate Crime to a Disorderly Conduct investigation [against Smollett]", prosecutors explained in their bond proffer.

"Jussie Smollett knew that at the time of this transmission there was no reasonable ground for believing that such offenses had been committed", the indictment states. Allegations against Mr. Smollett are shameful and if proven, they are an affront to the people of Chicago who embraced him as a neighbor & respected him as a role model. The decision was made to "avoid further disruption on set", producers said.

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