Jussie Smollett Pleads Not Guilty to After His Arrest For Filing Fake Police Report

Updated On 15 Mar, 2019 Published On

Jussie Smollett pleaded not guilty to 16 counts of felony disorderly conduct after staging an attack and filing a fake police report, claiming that he was a hate crime victim.

The Empire actor, 36, appeared in Cook County court in Chicago, on Thursday, March 14. The judge granted his permission to travel to New York and Los Angeles to have meetings with his lawyers.

However, he has to notify the court 48 hours earlier and checks back in within 24 hours after he returned to the state of Illinois.

His next court appearance is set in mid-April.

Two days earlier on Tuesday, March 12, Smollett briefly appeared in court to determine whether or not cameras would be allowed in the courtroom for his hearing.

The television personality's hearing comes just a day after Empire’s season 5 midseason premiere aired.

As we previously reported, Smollett was arrested on February 21, after authorities found that he filed a false police report claiming of being a victim of a racist and homophobic attack.

Chicago police superintendent, Eddie Johnson, said at the time that the actor "took advantage of the pain and anger of racism to promote his career".

Smollett, who is an openly gay, reported to police on January 29, that he was physically attacked by two men at while having food at a Subway restaurant in Chicago.

The attackers allegedly yelled racist and homophobic slurs while beating him, pouring an unknown chemical substance on him and wrapping a rope around his neck.

He claimed that days before the attack, he received a threatening letter, that was eventually found to be written by the actor himself.