Jussie Smollett Pleads Not Guilty on 16-Count Indictment

Jussie Smollett Pleads Not GuiltyUPDATED: 2019/03/14 6:00PM

Jussie Smollett pled not guilty to the 16-count indictment against him. Smollett was charged by the State’s Attorney’s Office with a felony of disorderly conduct for filing a false police report.

In an indictment that his attorney called “overkill,” the grand jury handed up two sets of charges: One for Smollett’s initial report to Chicago PD and the other charges are for his second interview with the police.

The brothers involved in the staged attack on Smollett told grand jurors that Jussie hired them. The brothers were caught on camera buying supplies before the incident and said that Smollett drove with them ahead of the incident to scout the location and rehearse the attack.

Smollett is set to be back in court in mid-April and has been advised that he must be at every court date moving forward. He is allowed to travel to LA and NY for meetings with his legal counsel, but must notify the court 48 hours in advance before traveling. He must also check back in within 24 hours of landing in Chicago.