Jussie Smollett Enters Not Guilty Pleas For New Charges


Jussie Smollett was in a Chicago courtroom yesterday to answer for more charges related to the hate crime he allegedly staged against himself more than a year ago. He entered a not guilty plea for each of the six felony counts of disorderly conduct he’s charged with.

After the “Empire” star’s brief Cook County court appearance, he was released on a $20-thousand dollar bond. Judge James B. Linn told him, “You need to come back to court and you’re required to do so. Do you understand?” Jussie nodded in response, but didn’t speak.

While his attorneys are claiming double jeopardy, experts say his case will likely to go trial. If Smollett is convicted on the fresh charges, he could face up to three years in jail, community service, and a fine up to $25-thousand dollars. He's due back in court March 18th.

Source: WGN-TV