Jussie Smollett Pleads Not Guilty to 16 Charges, Lying to Police

15 March, 2019, 04:18 | Author: Rafael Roberts
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"Mr. Smollet is a young man of impeccable character and integrity who fiercely and solemnly maintains his innocence and feels betrayed by a system that apparently wants to skip due process and proceed directly to sentencing", the statement began.

"Empire" star Jussie Smollett is sticking to the script.

The Empire actor was arraigned on a 16-count felony indictment, of which he has denied all charges.

His next court date is April 17. As for the reactions online, people seem to be dived by feeling weird about watching Jussie on the screen, with others are still on his side, not down to believe he could have staged a racial and homophobic attack on himself for attention.

Smollett was arrested by Chicago police shortly after claiming that he was beaten up in a racist and homophobic attack, as they suspected that he faked the attack "to promote his career".

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It's being said he will need to attend every court date from here on out, but is allowed to travel to Los Angeles and NY for meetings with his lawyers. Police say Smollett also told detectives the attackers also yelled he was in "MAGA country", an apparent reference to President Donald Trump's "Make America Great Again" campaign slogan that some Trump critics have decried as racist and discriminatory. Smollett, who is free on bond, maintains his innocence.

The actor was arrested February 21, and police said at a media briefing that Smollett had faked the attack because he was "dissatisfied" with his salary for playing Jamal Lyon on "Empire".

Not surprisingly, Smollett's first episode back had a lot of strong reaction on Twitter, with many admitting that it was hard to watch Smollett play his character Jamal without thinking about his real-life legal troubles. One had appeared with Smollett on "Empire", police and their lawyer said.

"Meanwhile, following the news of his indictment, Chief Communications Officer of the Chicago Police Department Anthony Guglielmi tweeted: ". Her office says the decision was made "out of an abundance of caution.to address potential questions of impartiality based upon familiarity with potential witnesses in the case".

Prosecutors allege that Smollett, who is black and gay and plays the gay character Jamal Lyon on the hit Fox TV show, hired two friends to help him stage the attack on him in downtown Chicago early on the morning of January 29.

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