The 36-year-old actor arrived at the courthouse shortly before 9 a.m., the station reports, greeted by a handful of supporters holding signs reading "I Stand With Jussie" and "I Believe Jussie Smollett, "reports CBS Chicago".
Almost a month and a half after Jussie Smollett claimed he was brutally assaulted in the streets of Chicago, theEmpire actor appeared in court today to enter a plea to multiple charges of having given a false account to the police.
The actor's plea comes just a month and a half after his original police report grabbed national attention.
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The actor appeared in court earlier this week, when prosecutors and defence lawyers agreed to allow cameras during Thursday's hearing at the Leighton Criminal Court Building.
His legal team said it welcomes cameras in court due to what it described as "misinformation" leaked to the media since he reported his attack in January. Prosecutors allege that Smollett paid the men $3,500 to stage the attack, in an apparent bid for sympathy.
"We look forward to complete transparency and the truth coming out", Glandian said.
Smollett is charged with lying to Chicago police about the January attack in the city's Streeterville neighborhood. Smollett, who is black and gay, claimed his alleged attackers used racial and homophobic slurs, hung a rope around his neck and tossed bleach on him before fleeing.More news: Pizza Pizza is offering $3.14 pizzas March 14 only
"Empire" actor Jussie Smollett pleaded not guilty Thursday to a 16-count indictment accusing him of orchestrating a fake hate crime. Superintendent Eddie Johnson said that the two men implicated Smollett while under police interrogation, and that authorities had the check Smollett wrote them in payment to prove it.
The brothers are not facing charges.
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