Empire actor Jussie Smollett pleaded not guilty to new charges brought against for him for allegedly staging a hate crime last year in Chicago. With these new charges, Smollett pleaded not guilty to six counts of disorderly conduct.
On the night of the alleged attack, Smollett claimed that white male Trump supporters assaulted him, but after a police investigation the Chicago Police Department concluded that the incident was cooked up by Smollett himself.
Charges were initially brought against Smollett for falsely reporting a hate crime but the top prosecutor, Kim Foxx, had the charges dismissed to the outrage of the Chicago PD. In response, a special prosecutor was brought in to review the charges which were dropped against the star.
The city of Chicago then sued him for the overtime, which the star is refusing to pay.
And after reviewing all of the evidence, special prosecutor Dan Webb announced the new charges earlier this month.
"He's obviously frustrated to be dragged through this process again," his attorney Tina Glandian told reporters after the hearing. "He's strong, he's resilient, he'll get through this, but he's frustrated," she added.
Smollett is out on a $20,000 bond. He's due back in court on March 18.