Jussie Smollett attended court yesterday and pleaded not guilty to allegations that he staged a hate crime.

The courtroom was filled with media as the 'Empire' actor submitted his plea. During the hearing, Judge Steven Gregory Watkins agreed to allow Smollett to travel to California and New York to meet with his lawyers.

 His next hearing has been set for Apr. 17.

"There has been a lot of misinformation in this case that has been presented as fact and evidence against Mr. Smollett, which is demonstrably false," one of Smollett's attorneys, Tina Glandian said in a statement.

"We welcome cameras in the courtroom so that the public and the media can see the actual evidence and what we believe is actually going to be the lack of evidence against Mr. Smollett. And we look forward to complete transparency and the truth coming out."

Smollett has been indicted on 16 felony counts of disorderly conduct by a Cook County grand jury.