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Jussie Smollett pleads not guilty to filing false police report

Actor Jussie Smollett pleaded not guilty in court on Thursday to accusations that he staged a hate crime and filed a false police report.
 
The 36 year-old Empire actor was arraigned before Judge Steven Gregory Watkins, and his attorney entered the formal not guilty plea on his behalf. 
 
Watkins agreed to allow Smollett to travel to California and New York to meet with his lawyers and set his next hearing for April 17.
 
Smollett has been indicted on 16 felony counts of disorderly conduct by a Cook County grand jury.


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