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Jussie Smollett pleads not guilty to lying about attack
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Mar 15, 2019 8:48 AM 1+ week ago

CHICAGO -- "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett pleaded not guilty Thursday to charges accusing him of lying to the police about being the victim of a racist and homophobic attack in downtown Chicago a few weeks ago.

Lawyer Tina Glandian entered the plea on behalf of the 36-year-old actor during a hearing in Cook County Circuit Court after Judge Steven Watkins was assigned to oversee the case, including the trial.

Watkins granted Smollett's request to be allowed to meet with lawyers in New York and California, but said the actor must give the court at least 48 hours' prior notice. He scheduled the next hearing for April 17.

This image provided by the Chicago Police Department and taken from surveillance video shows two people of interest in an attack on `Empire' actor Jussie Smollett walking along a street in Chicago, on January 29, 2019. (Courtesy of Chicago Police Department via AP)

Prosecutors allege that Smollett, who is black and gay and plays the gay character ...

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