Actor Jussie Smollett pleaded ‘not guilty’ on felony charges related to his alleged anti-Trump hate crime hoax in Chicago on Monday.
As The New York Post reports:
CHICAGO — Jussie Smollett faced a judge Monday for allegedly staging a hate crime against himself — exactly one year and three days after his first arraignment in the same case.
The embattled “Empire” star’s legal team entered a not guilty plea on his behalf to charges of disorderly conduct during his brief appearance before Cook County Judge James B. Linn, and the actor was released on a $20,000 bond.
“You need to come back to court and you’re required to do so,” Linn asked the stone-faced thespian. “Do you understand?”…
Smollett, 37, is facing Lady Justice once again after a special prosecutor ordered to re-examine the case brought fresh charges against him for allegedly paying two brothers to stage an attack against him on a frigid night in January last year.
Smollett’s lawyers have filed a countersuit, claiming that the actor was the victim of ‘malicious prosecution.’