Judge to be assigned to Jussie Smollett case during court hearing today

Judge to be assigned to Jussie Smollett case during court hearing today

Judge to be assigned to Jussie Smollett case during court hearing today

That judge will then likely ask Smollett to enter a plea.

Until then, he will be allowed to travel to both NY and Los Angeles in order to meet with his attorneys, but he will be required to give authorities two days notice ahead of time and must let them know when he's returned to Chicago within 24 hours of returning.

The next court hearing was set for 17 April.

"We look forward to complete transparency and the truth coming out", Glandian said. Chicago police pushed back and accused Smollett of faking the letter as well. While there has been a lot of speculation regarding the actor's future on the show - as Empire's own future is now shrouded in mystery and facing rumors of cancellation - several episodes of the second half of Season 5 were already in the can before Smollett's legal drama unfolded.

"Jussie has been a person of high caliber and character".

Jussie Smollett has pleaded not guilty to 16 felony counts of disorderly conduct, maintaining his innocence amid allegations that he faked a possible hate crime against himself earlier this year.

Smollett is charged with lying to Chicago police about the January attack in the city's Streeterville neighborhood.

Jussie Smollett pleaded not guilty to 16 felony counts Thursday morning in Cook County, Illinois, the Associated Press reported.

The actor's plea comes just a month and a half after his original police report grabbed national attention.

Smollett's attorney Mark Geragos called the charges "prosecutorial overkill" in a statement last week. Details in some of those statements were different, the indictment says. We knew that there is no way they would expose their evidence to a public airing and subject their witnesses to cross-examination. "Given these circumstances, we intend to conduct a thorough investigation and to mount an aggressive defense", Smollett's attorneys said in February. That story that came out about Jussie in Chicago is not true about Jussie. "Jussie adamantly maintains his innocence even if law enforcement has robbed him of that presumption".

- Police say Smollett turned over some, but not all, of the phone records detectives requested as part of their investigation.

Later developments cast doubt on Smollett's account, including the questioning of two suspects - a pair of Nigerian brothers, one of whom worked as a personal trainer on a music video of Smollett's - who were later released without being charged.

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