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Jussie Smollett Clinging to His Innocence: Pleads Not Guilty

Jussie Smollett is not going down without a fight.

The Empire star is pleading not guilty to the 16-felony count indictment. On Thursday, TMZ reports that Smollett arrived to the Cook County courthouse, with an obvious look of confidence– which he’ll need to keep throughout the process. According to Chicago police, Smollett lied about an attack earlier this year. Chicago detectives believe that Smollett staged a fake hate crime as a way to get an increase in salary. However, Smollett and his attorneys argue that his initial reports are true.

Following Thursday’s arraignment, Smollett’s next court appearance will be scheduled for a date in mid-April. After the arraignment, he was advised to not miss any next court dates. he was also ordered to check-in with the court for all travel arrangements. As it turns out, he only has permission to go between New York and Los Angeles to meet with his lawyers, and he must notify the court 48 hours in advance.

At the moment, JS is out on a $100,000 bond.

Thoughts? What do you think Jussie Smollett’s final fate will be? Share your opinions down below.

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