Actor Jussie Smollett has pleaded not guilty to new charges of disorderly conduct.
“You need to come back to court and you’re required to do so,” Cook County Judge James B. Linn told Smollett in court the outlet reported. “Do you understand?”
Smollett reportedly nodded, but didn’t speak throughout the 40-minute hearing.
The former “Empire” actor was hit with fresh felony disorderly conduct charges after a special prosecutor was called in to examine former State’s Attorney Kim Foxx’s decision to drop the original charges against Smollett. The actor was charged with six counts of disorderly conduct after being previously charged with 16 counts of disorderly conduct. (RELATED: Jussie Smollett’s Legal Team Responds To New Indictment)
As previously reported, Smollett has been accused of making four separate false reports to Chicago police “related to his false claims that he was the victim of a hate crime, knowing he was not the victim of a crime.”
“The grand jury’s investigation revealed that Jussie Smollett planned and participated in a staged hate crime attack, and thereafter made numerous false statements to Chicago Police Department officers on multiple occasions, reporting a heinous hate crime that he, in fact, knew had not occurred,” a press release from Special Prosecutor Dan Webb said at the time. “Therefore, Mr. Webb has determined that reasonable grounds exist to further prosecute Mr. Smollett.”