Jussie Smollett pleads not guilty to 16 felony counts of disorderly conduct

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Actor Jussie Smollett leaves the Leighton Criminal Court Building after attending a hearing on whether cameras will be allowed in future proceedings of his trial in Chicago, Illinois, March 12, 2019.

"There has been a lot of misinformation in this case that's been presented as fact and evidence against Mr. Smollett that is demonstrably false", his attorney Tina Glandian said after a hearing Tuesday in Chicago, as her client walked quickly past the media scrum.

Smollett will next be due in court on April 17.

Smollett is charged with 16 counts of disorderly conduct. The charges all are Class 4 felonies, the lowest category of felony offense under IL law. What is unexpected, however, is the prosecutorial overkill in charging 16 separate counts against Jussie.

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A judge is expected to be assigned to Jussie Smollett's disorderly conduct case when the "Empire" actor returns to court Thursday. In the report filed in late January, Smollett told authorities that he had been jumped while walking through downtown Chicago just past midnight.

Not much later, Chicago police revealed they had evidence pointing to the Hollywood star lying about the attack, accusing him of paying his "attackers", all so he could get more attention and score a bigger salary from Empire. Smollett's character appeared in several emotional scenes, and social media users found irony in one that showed Jamal performing at his former high school: "I don't know if y'all been reading the blogs and all that foolishness, but it's kind of been a tough week", Smollett's character tells the crowd. He says the men beat him, used racial and homophobic slurs, poured an unknown substance on him and wrapped a noose around his neck before fleeing. Details in some of those statements were different, the indictment says. That story that came out about Jussie in Chicago is not true about Jussie. 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.

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 that he is a victim and denied all allegations that he staged the incident.

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