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Jussie Smollett pleads not guilty to 16 felony counts for allegedly lying about a hate-crime attack

WorldNews Thursday, 14 March 2019 ()
Jussie Smollett pleads not guilty to 16 felony counts for allegedly lying about a hate-crime attackJussie Smollett pleaded not guilty to 16 felony counts Thursday morning, March 14, in Cook County, Illinois, the Associated Press reported. The 36-year-old "Empire" actor was indicted last week for allegedly lying to Chicago police about a hate-crime attack and had been charged with disorderly conduct for filing a false police report. Though Smollett appeared in court Thursday, his lawyer, Tina Glandian, entered the plea on the actor's behalf, according to the AP. Judge Steven Watkins, who was assigned earlier Thursday as the trial judge, set Smollett's next court date for April 17. Smollett, who is black and gay, told police in January that he had been attacked late at night in the...
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"Empire" actor Jussie Smollett arrived at court in Chicago on Thursday to face charges in a 16-count indictment accusing him of falsely reporting to police that he was the victim of a hate-crime assault. Rough cut (no reporter narration).

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