Jussie Smollett Pleads Not Guilty to 16 Felony Counts

Jussie Smollett done his second justice coming of a week on Thursday in Chicago, where he pleaded not guilty to the 16 transgression counts he was indicted on progressing this month. 

Smollett remained wordless as he entered a Leighton Criminal Court Building in Chicago wearing a suit and sunglasses. Some of his siblings were benefaction to support him, and sat nearby a back of a courtroom. 

Smollett’s profession entered a not guilty defence on interest of a 36-year-old actor, who stood subsequent to his profession with his hands behind his back. Smollett looked true brazen and never looked around. 

The Empire star will be authorised to transport to New York and Los Angeles but seeking justice for permission. His subsequent justice date is set for Apr 17.

Jussie Smollett arrives during a Leighton Criminal Courthouse on Mar 14, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. Smollett stands indicted of arranging a homophobic, extremist conflict opposite himself in an try to lift his form given he was discontented with his income on a Fox radio play 'Empire.'

Smollett also done a justice coming on Tuesday to attend a discussion on either cameras would be authorised during his discussion today, that a decider did in fact finish adult allowing.The actor’s authorised group pronounced they welcomed cameras as a opposite to what they called misinformation being leaked to a media. A source told ET during a time that Smollett chose to come to justice on Tuesday — yet he wasn’t compulsory to — given he wanted to be as pure as possible, and that he looks brazen to a justification being presented in court. 

Interestingly enough, Empire returned for a Season 5 midseason premiere on Wednesday, imprinting a show’s initial new part given Smollett’s alleged Jan. 29 attack. While there has been a lot of conjecture per a actor’s future on a uncover — as Empire‘s possess destiny is now hidden in poser and confronting rumors of termination — several episodes of a second half of Season 5 were already in a can before Smollett’s authorised play unfolded.

Not surprisingly, Smollett’s initial part behind had a lot of clever reaction on Twitter, with many revelation that it was tough to watch Smollett play his impression Jamal but meditative about his real-life authorised troubles.

Smollett was arrested on Feb. 21 after being charged with transgression unfinished control for allegedly filing a fake military news in that he claimed he was a plant of a hatred crime. When stating a Jan attack, Smollett claimed that he was assaulted by dual masked group who yelled extremist and homophobic slurs during him, poured what he believed was whiten over him and put a knot around his neck.

But in a press discussion following Smollett’s arrest, Superintendent of a Chicago Police Department Eddie T. Johnson claimed that a actor staged his purported conflict to foster his career, and given he was “dissatisfied” with his Empire salary.

“As distant as we can tell, a scratching and bruising that we saw on his face were many expected self-inflicted,” Johnson alleged. ” … Empire actor Jussie Smollett took advantage of a pain and annoy of injustice to foster his career.”

Smollett is now confronting 16 transgression counts. The depends concentration on allegedly fake statements done to dual opposite Chicago Police officers.

“Jussie Smollett knew that during a time of this delivery there was no reasonable belligerent for desiring that such offenses had been committed,” a complaint states.

One of Smollett’s attorneys, Mark Geragos, responded to a complaint in a matter to ET.

“The fact of an complaint was not unexpected,” a matter read. “We knew that there is no approach they would display their justification to a open airing and theme their witnesses to cross-examination. What is unexpected, however, is a prosecutorial profusion in charging 16 apart depends opposite Jussie. This surplus and vengeful complaint is zero some-more than a unfortunate try to make headlines in sequence to confuse from a inner review launched to examine a vast leaking of fake information by a Chicago Police Department and a shameless and bootleg advance of Jussie’s remoteness in tampering with his medical records. Jussie adamantly maintains his ignorance even if law coercion has attacked him of that presumption.”

Meanwhile, following a news of his indictment, Chief Communications Officer of a Chicago Police Department Anthony Guglielmi tweeted: ” … Allegations opposite Mr. Smollett are ashamed and if proven, they are an aspersion to a people of Chicago who embraced him as a neighbor reputable him as a purpose model. We mount behind a work of detectives and impute any criticism on complaint to prosecutors.”

Smollett has confirmed that he is a plant and denied all allegations that he staged a incident.

— Reporting by Brendon Geoffrion